Spot the signs
Bullying isn’t always obvious, even to observant teachers. It usually happens out of sight; bullies excel at concealing things; and victims are often too ashamed or upset to come forward.
Talk about it
Raise the topic in the classroom, and – for actual instances – remember that simply talking really helps. Be supportive; listen without judgment or criticism.
Remove the bait
Possessions can cause bullying. Can the school help: smartphone dropboxes, vouchers for lunch money…?
No child should suffer alone. Consult fellow teachers, school counselors and – when appropriate – parents.
Help victims avoid isolation
Suggest after-school clubs. Initiate a buddy system. Empower the class in creating a happy environment.
Continue spending time with affected students (bullies and victims), even after the bullying stops.