Cowie, H. & Jennifer, D. (Co-ordinating team, UK), Chankova, D. & Poshtova, T. (Bulgaria), Deklerck, J. & Deboutte, G. (Belgium), Ertesvåg, S. K. & Samuelsen, A. S. (Norway), O'Moore, M. & Minton, S. J. (Ireland) and Ortega, R. & Sanchez, V. (Spain) © (2006)

School Bullying and Violence: Taking Action

Module D

Unit D1 - Conducting a Needs Analysis: Preparing for Change

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  • To illustrate the importance of perceptively observing an environment when carrying out a needs analysis

  • To promote a clear understanding of what a needs analysis is

  • To prepare individuals for potentially difficult situations during needs analysis, focusing on strategies to deal with this

  • To provide the opportunity for the discussion of problems in carrying out a needs analysis and to identify potential solutions

  • To highlight contrasting perceptions of different groups within the school and ways of resolving conflicting views

  • To develop a working group contract for carrying out a needs analysis

Facilitation skills to be developed through this unit:

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • what we mean by a needs analysis

  • how to design improvement plans for individual pupils, groups and the school as a whole

  • the operation of school systems

  • how to include pupils’ opinions in any decision about their education

  • how to understand potential roadblocks in facilitating change

Personal qualities and attributes include:

  • having an appropriate, pupil-centred set of beliefs and values which informs their decisions and actions

  • having the ability to influence the ethos in a place of work and effect and sustain change there

  • being able to deal with conflicting viewpoints and being an effective communicator

  • being an effective trainer of and adviser to staff, governors, parents, carers and pupils

  • being a good observer and astute in analysing and monitoring behaviour when assessing pupil needs

  • having the ability to facilitate and value pupils' opinions about their own education

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