This week is Anti-bullying Week, which places a really important focus on the prevalence of bullying and the damaging effects it has on children. At Tregoze Primary School, we dedicate a wealth of time and resources every year to preventing and eradicating bullying.
Anti-bullying Week is organised annually by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), a unique coalition of organisations and individuals united against bullying. Their vision is to “stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play, and learn.” This is a vision that is shared by our school and The White Horse Federation.
Currently, our school has a comprehensive framework in place to prevent, counteract, and punish bullying. Throughout this week, children across the country will be taking part in lessons and activities that raise awareness of bullying, discuss how to identify it, and advise how to deal with it.
At Tregoze, our Anti-bullying Week activities began last Friday, as we took part in Friendship Day. In early years and key stage 1, pupils learned about the ideals of friendship and acceptance using Elmer the Patchwork Elephant as an example. In key stage 2, the children took part in a secret friend task and planned something nice to make for their secret friend over the weekend.
The activities carried on yesterday as we embraced Odd Socks Day and reinforced the message of how our school approaches bullying. Pupils were taught what steps to take if someone is being bullied, how to deal with anyone who bullies, and that everyone should take bullying seriously due to the long-term impact it can have on friendships, self-esteem, and emotional and mental health and wellbeing.
This is a big week for our anti-bullying ambassadors, who have stepped up and been hard at work planning fantastic activities for other pupils to take part in at break and lunch times. Children have also been attending the anti-bullying ambassador (ABA) base where they have been making friends with one another and developing their self-esteem.
Although this week is an opportunity for us to focus and address the issue of bullying, we would like to reassure parents, pupils, and staff that every effort is being made throughout the year to make our school a safe, enjoyable, and bullying-free environment.