At Pevensey and Westham School, we work vigorously to ensure we provide children with an environment that is supportive, caring and safe, and where children can learn and play without fear of being bullied. Bullying is anti-social behaviour and affects everyone; it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Only when all issues of bullying are addressed will pupils be able to fully benefit from the opportunities available at schools.
We are proud to call Pevensey and Westham a bully free zone and work hard to make sure that it remains that way. As part of this, we took part in the national Anti-Bullying Week. This week is aimed at getting across the message, clearly and memorably, that all children have a right to be happy and safe, and that it is everyone’s responsibility to make sure that this happens. The week gave the opportunity for thought provoking discussions, and provided children with the skills to identify bullying and gave them ways to act on any worries that they had.
This year’s theme is Power for Good, and across the school classes were engaged in many exciting activities and projects based around our superhero theme. We used the Power for Good message to think about how we could use our own super powers to make changes to help others and stand up for things we know are wrong. We held a special worship to reflect on the week’s learning and to share what the children had been working on. Activities included Anti-Bullying poems and prayers, short films and cape designing, art projects, mask making and our own special Anti-Bullying edition of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. A group of children also took part in creating a segment for Eastbourne Youth Radio 2016, and the children were invited to enter our Stop Bullying poster competition. Some of the fantastic work the children created can be found on this page.
The week’s learning focussed on what types of behaviour are rude, what types of behaviour are mean and what types of behaviour are classed as bullying. We looked at types of bullying and the children were given guidance on what to do should they see or encounter it. Many were very surprised to hear that 85% of bullying takes place with other people witnessing, but not acting on it, and we spent time thinking about what little things we could do to help others in need.
Below, you will find a helpful collection of links that can support you in assisting your child to understand bullying and to help with advice should you suspect a bullying incident. We have been working with the people from the Anti-Bullying Alliance and they have a very helpful and easy to use website with information and advice. This includes a brilliant interactive guide to how you can help your child understand and act against bullying
Links for help and advice:
A great resource for understanding bullying, including a training module to help understanding;
Advice on school obligations on Anti-Bullying;
Support for children and young people;
Advice focussed on staying safe online including dealing with cyber bullying