Amazingly, the PEACE Pack cut down the rate of bullying at Brighton Secondary School to a low of 5% (originally 15-20%). Independent assessments have shown the same massive improvement across all schools using the program.
The PEACE Pack takes a whole-of-school approach that looks at how people build relationships, improve wellness, deal with negative emotions, avoid the ‘bystander effect,’ and develop anti-bullying school policies. Phillip breaks it down into two aims: first-order and second-order. The first-order calls for change to the individuals in the bully-victim cycle and builds the students’ skills to cope with bullying when it happens. It also places a focus on young people with special needs—who are especially at risk. The second-order involves changing the entire school culture; it looks at how school relationships, roles, policies and communication either encourage or discourage bullying.
Brighton Secondary School runs the PEACE Pack every year. School counsellor Tony Mahar—who met Phillip at a conference more than five years ago and is responsible for bringing the PEACE Pack to Brighton—sees the effect it is having on the kids, although he’s quick to add, ‘The data around the program is saying that it's fantastic’ as well. Brighton is now in the lowest category of schoolyard bullying and they’re aiming for zero bullying on campus. Others have followed in their path, with the PEACE Pack having expanded to over 350 schools across Australia, Greece, Italy, Malta and Japan.
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