For dates of training courses currently scheduled for 2017 please contact Natalie on natalie.williams@bangor.ac.uk or telephone 01248 383 484

KiVa programmes

  • Training for Schools - Please phone the Centre (01248 383 484) for information
  • Training for Trainers- Please phone the Centre (01248 383 484) for information
  • Judy spoke on the KiVa Anti-bullying programme at the 2016 Bangor Behaviour Change Festival (Presentation)
  • KiVa Information Booklet

The KiVa Anti-bullying programme in Wales

(KiVa and KiVa (logo) are Registered Trademarks by the University of Turku in the European Union and certain other countries. The Centre for Evidence Based Early Itervention is the Official License Partner of the University of Turku.)

Following the undertaking of a successful pilot trial of KiVa in thirteen Welsh schools and four Cheshire schools during 2012/13,  the Centre for Evidence-based Early Intervention at Bangor University and the Children’s Early Intervention Trust, teamed up with The Social Research Unit at Dartington, to implement and evaluate the KiVa bullying prevention programme in a randomised controlled trial in twenty primary schools in Wales with support from the programme developer, Professor Christina Salmivalli, and funding from the BIG Lottery Innovation fund.

KiVa is an evidence-based programme for children aged 7-15 that was developed at the University of Turku, Finland. It includes:

  • a whole school introductory assembly
  • a launch meeting for parents and a parents website
  • 10 monthly lessons, each lasting one and a half hours
  • online games to help pupils rehearse ways of dealing with bullying
  • playground staff wearing KiVa tops to remind children of the school commitment to the programme
  • a KiVa team – typically comprising teachers and associated staff such as school counsellors and education psychologists – to deal with incidents of bullying

The pilot trial, with years 5 and 6 pupils, showed significant reductions in bullying and victimisation as reported by pupils in the online annual questionnaire. This informed the current randomised controlled trail in which the programme is being implemented in Years 3-6 in twenty primary schools across Wales. Schools were randomly allocated to implement in the first year (2013-2014, n=11) or the second year (2014-2015, n=9).

All materials, training and coaching have been provided and all materials for children and parents have been translated and produced in Welsh as part of this project. The randomised controlled trial evaluation will assess the programme’s impact on rates of bullying and being victimised as well as pupils’ emotional well-being and school attendance.

The project also involves developing a model that would enable the programme to be rolled out across Wales by ensuring quality whilst being affordable. This entails consultation with key stakeholders, including policy makers, anti-bullying NGOs, teachers, and parents

The project was funded by the Big Lottery Innovation Fund for Wales and ran from March 2013 to July 2015. It benefited approximately 2,000 pupils aged 7-11 years who received the programme in its entirety. It also benefited an additional 1,000 plus pupils aged 4-6 in participating schools who were exposed to the whole-school element of the programme and KiVa team activities where appropriate.

Training for KiVa

We have been licensed by the developers to offer two types of training for the KiVa Anti-bullying programme.

KiVa training for trainers

This is a three-day certified training that will license participants to train school-based staff. The training fee will include a copy of the Unit 1 and Unit 2 KiVa manuals, for KS2 pupils, plus other KiVa resources and a trainer manual to support delivery of training to schools. This training is primarily intended for Local Authority sponsored trainers such as special schools advisers, educational psychologists or representatives of other organisations with a strong interest in bullying prevention, such as Healthy Schools coordinators, etc.

KiVa trainers can train and support schools in KiVa delivery within their areas. Ongoing support for the trainers will be provided from our Centre in Bangor. The three day training plus materials will cost £1000 + VAT and the trainer’s representatives must also pay a £1,000 +VAT license fee to KiVa Finland, for the right to use this material as a trainer. This license will be renewed every two years and renewal is likely to involve an online update and a small renewal of license fee.

For further information about this training and the subsequent cost to schools of purchasing materials and registering as a KiVa school please contact Natalie Williams, KiVa administrator (natalie.williams@bangor.ac.uk)

KiVa training for schools

This is a two-day training. Ideally two staff from each participating school should attend the training, as there are separate workshops on the school wide universal programme and the KiVa team strategies for dealing with confirmed incidents of bullying. The two-day training will cost £600 per school (plus VAT). Training will include one copy of the Unit 1 and 2 manuals for KS2 with their detailed lesson plans and materials.

Prior to the training, schools will need to register, through our Centre, with KiVa Finland in order to access the additional teacher material, the KiVa online games and activities, and to enable the children to participate in the online pupil survey. The annual cost of KiVa registration for a school is 1st Year - £2.50 per KS2 pupil  (minimum of £200); 2nd and subsequent years - £2.00 per KS2 pupil (minimum £150). This gives the teachers access to online resources and the child survey and enables children to play the on-line games at home or in school. Schools also need to purchase a manual for each KS2 class teacher and associated resources.

For further information about this training and the subsequent cost to schools of purchasing materials and registering as a KiVa school please contact Natalie Williams, KiVa administrator (natalie.williams@bangor.ac.uk)