Woodside’s Equality Group have been leading on our whole-school commemoration of Anti-Bullying Week. The theme for this year's Anti-Bullying Week is to choose respect over bullying, and the Equality Group have been delivering assemblies all week, putting up posters (designed by Equality Group member, Sumayyah) as well as creating and distributing badges to help raise awareness and encourage our whole school community to show our support.
Following a consultation with over 800 children, teachers and members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, it emerged that a top priority was showing that bullying is a behaviour choice, and that people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online.
The aims of the week are to support those in schools to understand:
- The definition of respect
- That bullying is a behaviour choice
- That we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don’t have to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to respect each other
- That we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online
With the support of the Royal Foundation Anti-Bullying Week this year will hold its first ever Stop Speak Support Day highlighting the issue of cyberbullying on Thursday 15th November. The Equality Group chose pay special attention to this aspect in their assemblies and in the badges they created, as well as share important information about the wide range of bullying that can happen and the importance of being an ally to others.
The average young person spends 11,000 hours in school and at Woodside, we want all of those hours to be as happy and safe as possible. Anti-Bullying Week is a great way for all of us to be inspired to stand up to bullying in all its forms and support others.