As a school we have signed up to the Anti-Bullying Alliance's United Against Bullying Programme as we strive to become an Anti-bullying school.
As part of the programme, we pledged to conduct a base line audit to gauge the children's understanding of bullying whilst finding out if they believe they have been subjected to bullying. This was completed using an anonymous online pupil questionnaire.
After the initial audit, we then participated in Anti-bullying week and held an 'Odd Socks Day' to mark the start of the week.
The assembly outlined what bullying is and isn't and highlighted to the children what they should do if they believe that someone is bullying them.
Finally, we will repeat the pupil questionnaire to ascertain if the children's understanding of bullying and reported cases of bullying has changed.
What is the United Against Bullying Programme?
The United Against Bullying programme is the Anti-Bullying Alliance’s free whole-school anti-bullying programme. It supports schools to reduce bullying and improve the wellbeing of all children, focusing on those most at risk, including children and young people with SEND, children and young people who experience racist and faith-targeted bullying, sexual bullying, homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, looked-after children, young carers and those on free school meals.
The overall aim of the programme is to establish United Against Bullying Schools. These are schools that have evidenced their work to reduce bullying and improve the wellbeing of all pupils.
Anti-bullying week was launched with an 'Odd Socks Day' to encourage people to show their individuality and highlight the fact that we are all unique. WE also held an antibullying assembly which enabled us to have a discussion about what bullying is and isn't. The children then took part in a variety of activities throughout the week such as creating posters, writing poems and listening to a variety of stories about anti-bullying.