Schools from across Bournemouth and Poole attended a celebration event at the Civic Centre last month to recognise the achievements of the All Together Against Bullying awards.
The event was open to all schools in Poole and Bournemouth to focus on sharing good practice around Anti Bullying and to look at opportunities for the future.
Nicola Murray, Senior Programme Lead for the All Together Projectfrom the Anti Bullying Alliance opened the event and spoke about the project nationally and what has been achieved. She also provided opportunities for schools who would like to take part in this award in the future.
The All Together programme offers support via a whole-school and social model anti-bullying approach. It focuses on reducing the high amount of bullying experienced by disabled children and those with special educational needs (SEND). Participating schools have received:
- Face to face training
- An online area for schools to register, complete an anti-bullying audit and create an action plan for change
- Access to anti-bullying resources for professionals, young people and parents.
- A free online wellbeing questionnaire for schools to access throughout the programme.
- Free online training for all professionals.
Schools were encouraged to share their experiences of the project, what difference it has made and what further anti bullying work they are planning to undertake.
Vicky Wales, Head of Children, Young People and Learning, and Anti Bullying Strategy Lead, Borough of Poole said:
“This event was a valuable opportunity for schools to share success stories and best practice in anti-bullying. We are proud of what the schools in Bournemouth and Poole have achieved.”
Councillor Mike White, Borough of Poole cabinet member for children and young people services said:
“It is encouraging that local schools are taking a positive approach and sharing ideas to reduce bullying of all children and young people in school, including a special focus on reducing the disproportionate amount of intimidation towards the most vulnerable children in our society.”
The event included a review of the national project by Nicola Murray, national project lead. Anti-bullying champions and ambassadors from schools shared good practice and how they benefitted from the project. Future opportunities were discussed, including how to better engage parents in anti-bullying work.