Use of the Support Group Method to Tackle Bullying, and Evaluation From Schools and Local Authorities in England

The Support Group Method, formerly the No Blame Approach, is widely used as an anti-bullying intervention in schools, but has aroused some controversy

PETER K. SMITH; SHARON HOWARD; FRAN THOMPSON

2007

Scholarcy highlights

  • The Support Group Method, formerly the No Blame Approach, is widely used as an anti-bullying intervention in schools, but has aroused some controversy
  • We aimed to ascertain the use of and support for the SGM in Local Authorities and schools; and obtain ratings of satisfaction with its use; sources of evidence for such ratings; and comments on how it is used in practice
  • Questionnaires were sent to LAs and schools in England, and were available on a website; useful replies were obtained from 57 LAs and 59 schools
  • Some two-thirds of LAs were supportive of the SGM in general terms, fewer said they had sufficient evidence to judge effectiveness
  • Over one-half of schools gave a rating of effectiveness, based on teachers, pupils and parents; the modal rating was ‘very satisfactory’
  • Further research based directly on pupils and parents would supplement the findings of this survey

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