OAT academies support Anti-Bullying Week 2018

As part of Anti-Bullying Awareness week, several OAT academies got involved, pledged their support and raised awareness about the problems of antibullying and cyberbullying.

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Anti-Bullying Week, a campaign run by the Anti-Bullying Alliance is an annual UK event and aims to raise awareness of bullying of children and young people, in schools and elsewhere, and to highlight ways of preventing and responding to it. This year’s theme was ‘Choose Respect.’

Ormiston Sudbury Academy held a series of activities which focused on the theme of encouraging respect when interacting with others, both face-to- face and online. It also staged its first Stop, Speak, Support Day to highlight a series of commitments launched this year, including a new code of conduct that aims to help prevent online cyberbullying and harassment of children and young people.

The activities culminated with a cake sale, while staff and students wore odd socks, a key part of the campaign, which raised money for Bullying UK.

Caroline Wilson, Executive Principal said:

"We are all so proud to have taken part in this year’s Anti-Bullying Week and were delighted to see so much going on to show our support.

"The week was a great way for our students to come together and take a stand against bullying, while raising funds for such an important cause."

Pupils in Year’s 1-6 at Ormiston South Parade Academy created a chain of support against anti-bullying and wrote pledges to help put an end to bullying and joined them together to make a huge paper chain.

A pupil in Year 5 said: "I pledged to stand up to bullying when I see it happening. If we stand together, we can make a difference!"

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Ormiston Denes Academy wanted to further embed the anti-bullying message and as part of the week launched a survey to find out more about the experience of bullying and how the academy could be made safer by helping students who are being bullied, as well as helping those who are exhibiting bullying behaviours.

The effects of bullying can have a massive impact on all individuals, whether that is at school, work, college or socially. At Ormiston NEW Academy they have encouraged the message that they want all students to feel safe and secure in their learning environments and to always remember to speak up and report any type of bullying!