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Delivered To: 

  • Children/Students
  • Primary teachers and staff


  • Component 1 : A positive school community


  • Bullying
  • Belonging and Connectedness


Target group:

The student workshop component is designed for primary children. The materials and content have been carefully designed to keep students actively engaged throughout the workshop. To date, the student workshops have catered for all sectors in the education arena.


Bully-Busters TM aims to tackle the issue of bullying using a whole school approach. It offers three components that cater for all sectors of the school community. The three components are:

  • Teacher Professional Development Training
  • Parent Information Sessions
  • Student Workshops (Prep-Year 6) Schools have the flexibility to address bullying by implementing all three components or selecting the component based on the needs of the school community.

The aim of the student workshops is to provide the students with assertiveness strategies and help build resilience. The student workshops attempt to:

  • provide students with a variety of assertive strategies
  • engage students in responsible reporting
  • activate bystanders to take safe and sensible action
  • build resilience in students (to help break the victim cycle)


The student workshops cover:

  • the different types of bullying
  • the consequences of bullying for the target
  • assertive strategies
  • pro-active bystander behaviour
  • the importance of reporting bullying

Follow-up and follow-through activities to reinforce the concepts taught in the workshops are available for classroom implementation via the comprehensive resource manual, Bullying: A Whole School Approach (Suckling & Temple, 2001). The resource manual consists of 15 lessons with accompanying material that may be photocopied. Cool Calm Kids (Suckling & Temple, 2008), is designed for students in Prep-Year 2. The focus is to help children manage bossy peers.

Program Structure / Methods of Delivery: 

The lessons are as follows:

  • Lesson 1 – What is Bullying?
    Introducing students to the meaning and nature of bullying behaviour
  • Lesson 2 – Why Children Bully?
    Reassuring students that bullying behaviour exists for many reasons
  • Lesson 3 – Reporting a Bullying Incident
    Raising students’ awareness about developing a ‘telling culture’, as well as understanding the importance of asking for support
  • Lesson 4 – Locating Bullying
    Locating where bullying occurs, in order to raise awareness of the problem among staff and students
  • Lesson 5 – Creating an Anti-Bullying Code
    Promoting a safe-school ethos by posting student graphical representations of their anti-bullying code around the school
  • Lesson 6 – The Bystander
    Promoting shared understanding of respect, fairness and responsibility; to raise awareness that bystander’s actions are either part of the solution or the problem, and to encourage students to become responsible bystanders
  • Lesson 7 – The Bystander’s Code
    Writing and graphically representing a student bystander code, promoting an ethos that taking action is being responsible, and then placing it around the school
  • Lesson 8 – Anti-Bullying Slogans
    Displaying students’ graphical representations of anti-bullying slogans around the school, to act as reminders to the school community
  • Lesson 9 – Buddies
    Training buddies in the necessary skills to support children who are targets of bullying
  • Lesson 10 – Staying in the Neutral Zone
    Making students aware of the different ways of relating to others (passive, aggressive and assertive), the consequences of each, the meaning and effectiveness of staying in the Neutral Zone during conflict, and to visualise a safety shield in threatening and confronting situations
  • Lesson 11 – Say ‘No’ Like You Mean It
    Teaching students the rules of saying ‘No’ (i.e. body language etc.), and the benefits of operating from the position of Neutral Zone
  • Lesson 12 – Using ‘I’ Messages
    Understanding the features of an ‘I’ message
  • Lesson 13 – Using Robot Voice and Fogging
    Extending the students’ repertoire of strategies for assertiveness using Fogging and Robot Voice, supported by visualising their own safety shield
  • Lesson 14 – Self-Talk – My Winning Voice
    Introducing students to the nature of self-talk and how it affects behaviour – that it can be self-defeating or self-serving
  • Lesson 15 – Using Relaxation and Creative Visualisation
    Giving students the experience of physical relaxation and for them to creatively visualise, by switching on to their Channel Perfect Positive Screen

The resource manual, Bullying: A Whole School Approach, is also used independently of the workshops.

Staff professional learning (PL):

The program is predominantly available in Victoria (other States by request), and is provided by the authors Amelia Suckling and Carla Temple (both primary teachers with further educational qualifications).

Teacher professional development – (in-service) provides practical strategies to identify and deal with bullying behaviour and to handle parent concerns. The focus of this in-service is to present prevention and intervention strategies through a whole school approach and guidelines for developing and maintaining an anti-bullying policy.


  • Full day in-service: 9am – 3pm $1200 plus GST.
  • Twilight session: 3.30 – 7pm $950 plus GST.

There are other additional workshops available, which assist in the implementation and facilitation of this program.


The program materials have been designed to make the learning experience dynamic and non-competitive. The two resource books – Bullying: A Whole School Approach ($79.95) for students in Year 4-Year 6 and Cool, Calm Kids ($49.95) for students in Prep-Year 2 – include photocopy masters and lesson plans.

Program Specific Audience: 


Professional Learning: 

  • Professional Learning Available

Professional Learning Compulsory: 


Formal Parent/Carer Component Provided: 

Evidence of Effectiveness

Identified Theoretical Framework: 


Identified Theoretical Framework Description: 

The impetus for the design of our workshops is based on the comprehensive Australian research conducted by Professor Ken Rigby, which has shown that up to 15%, or one in seven children, are bullied weekly. Many of these children perceive that bullying has a detrimental impact on their health but do not tell their friends or parents that it is occurring. Research into children’s beliefs about bullying showed that a proportion of children considered that becoming a bully stopped them from being bullied and that it gave them a feeling of high status. Attitudes held by bystanders are also recognised to be an important factor in the bullying context.

This program is largely based on assertiveness and communication skills training.

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Amelia Suckling and Carla Temple

About the Author(s): 

Both Amelia Suckling and Carla Temple have been working specifically in the area of anti-bullying for the last eight years as their full time business. They now have an energetic team that are actively involved in program delivery. They have developed, researched and presented their programs to schools throughout Australia and now internationally. They bring with them a wealth of experience and a very practical approach to dealing with this complex issue.

They are published authors, their manual, Bullying A Whole School Approach, published by the Australian Council for Educational Research, 2001, is widely used throughout Australia and overseas. They have written for educational magazines and appear on educational DVDs distributed throughout Australasia. In 2001 Bully-BustersTM was awarded a $70,000 grant to implement the program in seventy schools in the Shepparton district.

Both have a Diploma of Teaching and a Graduate Diploma in Special Education. Bully-BustersTM is conducted in a variety of educational settings, helping schools to adopt efficient and effective whole school anti-bullying policy and practices. Bully-BustersTM has been implemented into Catholic, government, independent, alternative and international schools.

They are enthusiastic in supporting schools in developing and maintaining successful intervention and prevention practices. They appreciate the complexities of school bullying remaining inspired and committed to reducing this serious form of violence.

Contact Information: 

Inside Out
PO Box 204
Chelsea, VIC. 3196
Phone: 0409 212 234 or (03) 9776 2096
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