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Ken Rigby is available to give presentations, workshops and interviews on the issue of school bullying. Here are some recent testimonials regarding his work;

  1. Dr Ken Rigby is Australia's foremost expert in effective prevention and intervention of bullying in schools. Ken brings a rare combination of extensive evidence based research and cutting edge best practice strategies. Jac Van Velsen KidsMatter Primary National Professional Development Officer Principals Australia

  2. Professor Rigby is one of the most prominent experts on bullying in the world. His research has influenced the field and his work with educators is exemplary Rigby's work is highly respected and cited, and he is consulted by educators and parents. He is unique in that he has published both scholarly papers, and highly accessible books and other materials for parents and educators. He is an authority on non-punitive strategies to handle incidents of school bullying, and his materials on that topic are the best in the field. Professor Sheri Bauman, University of Arizona.

  3. When the Queensland Department of Education and Training was looking for an expert to provide quality and timely external advice to senior officers in the department on effective approaches to addressing the complex issue of bullying in schools, Dr Ken Rigby was immediately identified as the individual with the best combination of research knowledge and practical experience in this important area. Dr Rigby listened carefully and thoughtfully to the brief provided and immediately offered his assistance.  He provided current, relevant and locally appropriate information around research on the various matters associated with bullying in schools; worked directly with a number of schools across Queensland and was able to help shape our forward agenda to address bullying. Ms Patrea Walton Assistant Director General, Education Queensland  

  4. A school community could not engage a more valuable or widely respected resource than Ken Rigby. Your school will be in the company of a great mind but one who is down to earth, easy to understand and patient with an impressive ability to positively influence the ways we consider dealing with problem behaviours like bullying. K Jarvis, School Counsellor St Thomas Aquinas College

  5. Professor Ken Rigby wrote a section for principals regarding bullying in schools in the School Discipline Policy Implementation Kit in 1998 and jointly collaborated with the Education Department in the 2004 manual Reducing Bullying in Schools. As a prolific researcher and writer his contribution to this field is acknowledged both nationally and internationally. Greg Cox Policy Advisor, Student Behaviour Management South Australian Department for Education and Child Development

  6. Ken Rigby supports schools throughout Australia through his teacher training workshops and seminars most effectively. His on-going research on bullying and his knowledge of successful intervention methods contributes greatly to the ability of educators to support those who are bullied or at risk of being bullied in schools. Giulio Bortolozzo, Senior Leader/Counsellor, DECDS, South Australia

  7. Thank you Ken for providing the Community Mentoring Program with such a worthwhile session on Responding to Bullying.  Our Volunteers found it both informative and useful.  The strategies that you offered were well received and I am sure will benefit many students within our Mentoring Program. Michelle Richardson Local Community Mentor Coordinator, Whyalla Cluster

  8. Congratulation on your wonderful work with both students and teachers. By introducing role play you give them a good concrete idea of what bullying is all about and how to deal with it. Hiromi Kurosaka, Japanese broadcaster.

  9. Professor Rigby has recently provided the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood 9Development with a bullying data capture tool which will assist Victorian schools to identify the prevalence and types of bullying occurring, determine the most effective strategies for addressing bullying and then modify school practice accordingly. The quality of this tool reflects Ken's extensive knowledge and expertise in bullying and bullying prevention. Deborah Maher Senior Policy Officer, Student Engagement Unit, Victorian Education Department, Australia.

  10. On Tuesday the 28th of August, 2012 Whyalla High School was fortunate to have the services of Ken Rigby. Ken worked with our Student Representative Council initiating discussion about bullying and the response of bystanders. The students found the sessions challenging and informative. Active participation, relevant role playing and thoughtful questioning ensured the students came away from the session with a much more alert concept of the role they can play in the prevention of bullying in a school environment. Ken also worked with staff presenting a range of interventions which may be used to address and redress bullying behaviours. The staff was most enthusiastic about what they had discussed and practiced during the sessions. A focus on intervention strategies rather than punitive measures guaranteed complex discussion. Ken's knowledge and presentation style allowed the staff to discuss and respond to the information presented. Restorative Practices and the Method of Shared Concern highlighted to the staff the need to engage the students in relational discussions which elicit empathic responses thereby rebuilding school communities. Ken's presentation at Whyalla High School was a significant step in restoring a positive school culture.

  11. Ken Rigby met with parents of the Aldinga Primary School on October 30th 2012. The parents appreciated Ken's informative presentation and easy pace. The research that he shared resonated with parents and his sharing real stories was a great way to connect experiences. They found the research around early attachment very useful in understanding the disengagement of some Aldinga students. Allowing time for consolidating ideas and providing responses to parent questions was much appreciated.

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