Schools throughout England have marked Anti-Bullying Week, which this year runs 14-18 November.
The week is co-ordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), a coalition of organisations and individuals established by two of the UK’s major children’s charities: the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and the National Children’s Bureau (NCB).
ABA works to stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.
It defines bullying as the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or through cyberspace.
The theme of this year’s Anti-Bullying Week is Power for Good, with schools encouraged to:
- To support children and young people to use their Power for Good – by understanding the ways in which they are powerful and encouraging individual and collective action to stop bullying and create the best world possible.
- To help parents and carers to use their Power for Good – through supporting children with issues relating to bullying and working together with schools to stop bullying.
- To encourage all teachers, school support staff and youth workers to use their Power for Good – by valuing the difference they can make in a child’s life, and taking individual and collective action to prevent bullying and create safe environments where children can thrive.
There’s still time to mark Anti-Bullying Week this year with plenty of resources available on the ABA website, including lesson and assembly plans, PowerPoint presentations and complementary activities and resources created by ABA’s partners. You can also join in with Anti-Bullying Week’s social media campaign.
Other activities, such as the Actionwork Anti-Bullying Roadshow and the Into Film Festival, run throughout November. This year the Into Film Festival has a dedicated Words Can Hurt Strand, which offers a range of films for all age groups which have been selected to highlight the importance of treating everyone with respect and to encourage empathy.
ABA also partners with the award-winning musical Wicked UK whose resources on the ‘For Good’ theme are available to schools all year round. Wicked UK also offers workshops for schools that use music and theatre to look at issues like bullying.
Finally, if you want to stay in touch with ABA and find out what they have planned for Anti-Bullying Week 2017 then you can join the free ABA School and College Network. The network is open to all schools in the UK and abroad, but as the site explains the majority of policy updates will relate specifically to practice in England.
In Scotland Anti-Bullying Week activities are coordinated by respectme, Scotland’s anti-bullying service, and in Northern Ireland by the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum. Details of Anti-Bullying Week in Wales can be found on the Welsh Government’s website.