KiVa School (anti-bullying program)

In September 2015 Excalibur Primary School became a KiVa School. KiVa is an innovative school-based anti-bullying program which has been developed using cutting-edge research on bullying and its mechanisms




Prevention, intervention, and monitoring

KiVa is an evidence-based program to prevent bullying and to tackle the cases of bullying effectively. No prevention efforts will make bullying disappear once and for all, therefore, the school needs tools that can be utilized when a case of bullying comes to light. Another aspect of KiVa is constant monitoring of the situation in our school and the changes that are taking place over time; this is enabled by the online tools included in KiVa. These tools produce annual feedback for each school about their implementation of the program as well as the outcomes obtained.

The main components of KiVa

Kiva  includes universal and indicated actions. The universal actions are where KiVa principles are included in the children’s curriculum, such as the month KiVA lessons with the children in each class and the online games, and they look to prevent bullying in school. The indicated actions are to be used when a bullying case has emerged. They are targeted specifically to the children who have been involved in bullying as perpetrators or victims, as well as to several classmates who are challenged to support the victim; the aim is to put an end to bullying.




KiVa is based on decades of research on bullying and its mechanisms

KiVa was developed at the University of Turku in Finland, with funding from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

The effects of the KiVa anti-bullying program have been evaluated in numerous studies. In addition to the studies based on the data collect­ed and analysed by our KiVa research group, also independent data collected by National Institute for Health and Welfare indicates that bullying and victimization have decreased in Finland since the broad rollout of the KiVa program. KiVa is now being evaluated in several countries: the first international studies from the Netherlands, Estonia, Italy, and Wales are emerging, showing that KiVa is effective outside of Finland as well.


KiVa is targeted at various age groups

KiVa is split into Unit 1 which is designed for children of 6–9 years of age and  Unit 2 which is suitable for children of 10–12 years of age.


Material for teachers, students and parents

KiVa includes an extensive amount of material for teachers, students and parents including e.g. teachers’ manuals, videos, online games, KiVa student and staff surveys, posters, vests and parent’s guide.


KiVa is not meant to be a one-year project, but a permanent part of the school’s anti-bullying work.

To read the online parents’ guide follow this link:

Contact the School

Excalibur Primary School

Ivy Lane

Tel: 01270 845781
Fax: Out of Hours Club - 01270 845786

SEN Contact: Anna McArdle and Heather Taylor

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