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 Grange Junior 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 Grange Junior School, our pupils are getting involved in a variety of anti-bullying activities. Yesterday was Odd Socks Day, an event our school took part in to celebrate what makes us all unique. Our school council has been getting further involved by designing an anti-bullying leaflet to help other pupils understand more about what to do if they are being bullied.
Kirsty Dickenson, Principal, said: "It's a really important issue that we are highlighting as we don't tolerate bullying at Grange Junior School. The council is working hard to ensure that everyone knows what to do to stop bullying."
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.