Anti Bullying Week 16th - 20th November

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The theme this year is ‘Make a Noise About Bullying’, which will focus on speaking up about unkind behaviour and the avenues of help which children have – we want them to know that bullying is unacceptable and that children do not have to suffer in silence.

We would also like to focus on the positive side of friendship, for example being a good friend, being your best self, making a positive contribution rather than solely focusing on negative behaviour. Parents may like to reinforce these conversations at home with their children and discuss ways that children can actively promote being a good friend and behaving in a kind way towards their friends.

There is no legal definition of bullying but the Department of Education states that it is usually defined as behaviour that is:

  • repeated
  • intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally
  • often aimed at certain groups, eg because of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

It takes many forms and can include:

  • physical assault
  • teasing
  • making threats
  • name calling
  • cyberbullying – bullying via mobile phone or online (eg email, social networks and instant messenger).

There will be a special assembly on Friday 20th November 2015 by Actionwork, a leading educational theatre company dealing with bullying in the UK. It is the winner and current holder of the Anti Bullying Flame Award. They will be holding educational and engaging workshops throughout the day.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance  provides further reading material:

http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/

If you have any questions, please contact Miss Emma.