Anti-Bullying Week takes place from 11 to 15 November
Over three quarters of schools in the UK are expected to celebrate Anti-Bullying Week 2019, taking place from 11 to 15 November, sending the message loud and clear: ‘Change Starts With Us’.
Whether it is verbal, physical, online or in person, bullying has a significant impact on a child’s life well in to adulthood. This year’s theme, ‘Change Starts With Us’, underlines how by making small, simple changes, we can break this cycle and create a safe environment for everyone.
In partnership with O2, the Anti-Bullying Alliance has produced a raft of free cross-curricular resources for primary and secondary schools to help them bring about change. And for those determined to light up the internet, a special suite of content for social media will be available soon.
During Anti-Bullying Week the winners of the School Staff Award will be announced, recognising those inspiring members of the school workforce who go the extra mile to support pupils and prevent bullying.
Another simple way to show your support for the campaign is Odd Socks Day, supported by SafeToNet, being held on the Tuesday 12 November. CBeebies star and Anti-Bullying Alliance patron Andy Day and his band Andy and the Odd Socks will encourage pupils to wear odd socks to school to celebrate what makes us all unique and raise money for a good cause. A foot-tapping tune by the band entitled ‘Change’, as well as a campaign pack for schools and one for workplaces will hit the airwaves in October.
Martha Evans, Director of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, part of the National Children’s Bureau, said:
‘When we asked children and young people, they were determined that this year’s Anti-Bullying Week should emphasise how everyone can do something to lessen the impact of bullying. That’s where the idea ‘Change Starts With Us’ came from, and we’re encouraging young and old to show their support. This could be by being there for someone who’s been on the receiving end of bullying or sending the message loud and clear that bullying is never acceptable. We all have the power to bring about change.’
Download free resources, videos and other content, including special packs for schools at: www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk
Join us on social media via: #AntiBullyingWeek #ChangeStartsWithUs @ABAonline