Marking anti-bullying week in your classroom


During Anti-Bullying Week 2018, how can teachers raise awareness of the topic and encourage their pupils to speak out and respond to it?

Taking place during mid-November every year, the week is organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and seeks to take a stand against bullying in all locations.

The impacts of bullying can have a huge influence on the lives of those affected, which is why addressing the subject in schools is key.

Choosing respect

For 2018, the theme for Anti-Bullying Week is to Choose Respect over bullying, which aims to highlight that bullying is a behaviour choice and that children can set a positive example by respecting each other – not just at school but in other places too.

Understanding what respect means, that it is possible to respectfully disagree with another person and that there is a need to respect everyone are among the key messages from the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

Teachers can plan a key role in showcasing that the key points are relevant in the classroom, on the school playground, in the online world and in the wider community.

National Coordinator of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, Martha Evans, said the key messages for the awareness week in 2018 come from feedback from both children and teachers.

“They want to send the message loud and clear that bullying is a behaviour choice, and by choosing respect for others, even when we disagree with them, can create a positive atmosphere where we can all grow, play and learn,” she said.

Useful resources

Teachers can access a wide range of resources online that relate to bullying, covering everything from how to recognise it and stop it, to supporting wellbeing and development.

A set of resources for secondary school teachers from Bullying UK can be found here, which tackle the emotional impacts of bullying, cyberbullying, developing resilience and promoting kindness.

Further tools from the Anti-Bullying Alliance, including lesson and assembly plans, cross-curricular ideas and other ways of getting pupils involved can be accessed here.