Anti-Bullying Week resources

2020-11-04

Anti-Bullying Week provides a chance for teachers to raise awareness of bullying, helping youngsters to recognise it and to take action against it.


Organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, it takes place across the UK w/c 16th November 2020, and the organisation works with hundreds of pupils and staff to develop a key theme each year.


In 2020, the week will address a fundamental theme of being ‘united against bullying’ and teachers are encouraged to focus on bullying and its impact during lessons.


Through shared efforts and experiences, it is hoped that groups, classes and communities will be able to join forces to combat bullying together and make a real difference.


Here we have several top tips for teachers of how to include anti-bullying week in lessons, as well as plenty of handy resources to captivate pupils and spread a powerful message.


Create an environment of support and inclusivity

Teachers have a pivotal role to play in fostering an environment where youngsters feel they can speak out if they are facing any issues or have unanswered questions.


While this is important all-year-round, Anti-Bullying Week is a great opportunity to give youngsters a timely reminder that you’re there to listen and to help, while reinforcing some of the main messages in the school’s anti-bullying policy.


Classrooms are safe spaces and all children should feel comfortable when there – this can be done by creating a set of ground rules at the start of the year, but also by regularly encouraging pupil participation and including interactive elements in lessons.


Youngsters should know that they can speak to their teacher in confidence and away from other pupils if necessary too.


Take steps to empower pupils

A top tip for teachers is to spread positive messages and approaches in lessons while helping pupils to spot signs of bullying themselves so they can feel empowered to act.


You may also want to encourage pupils to participate in Odd Socks Day – on Monday 16th November 2020 – which is designed to showcase and celebrate the fact that all individuals are unique.


Alternatively, teaching staff may want to use Anti-Bullying Week to have discussions with their pupils around what it means to be different, what they think of as bullying, and how they think they should tackle it.


Ultimately, pupils should be made to recognise that they are responsible for their own actions, while teachers may also want to look at the impact that even small actions can have on others.


Top resources for Anti-Bullying Week

The Anti-Bullying Alliance has a wide range of resources for teachers and other school staff to use during Anti-Bullying Week, including resources aimed at both primary and secondary pupils.


Designed to be delivered online, in assembly or in the classroom, teachers can access lesson plans and ideas for discussing the key themes of the week, as well as a host of cross-curricular activities.


There is also a social media toolkit so school staff can still reach pupils who may be stuck at home self-isolating and include them in any anti-bullying activities.


Bullying UK also has numerous resources available, including assembly plans, presentations, flash cards and videos that help tackle some of the key issues around bullying.


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