Creating a safe and welcoming school
Educational practices series - 16
If a school is not safe, the consequences for children are many: vandalism against school property increases, abusive behaviour toward school staff escalates, conflict among peer groups heightens and, in general, young people are unable to learn their lessons.
Similarly, if a school does not convey a feeling of welcome, young people will close themselves off from the school and attempt to stay in a protective bubble, isolated from the efforts of teachers and staff to educate them.
This booklet, part of a series called The Educational Practices Series, shows how schools can be made safe and welcoming for children and as such, fostering children’s learning and their motivation to continue learning.