Who’s The Bully?

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Do you remember when you or a friend were bullied as a child?

When I attended school, or at least all 7 of them, I never had the chance to embed learning, never mind any friendships! Always the tallest in class and despite my physical presence, moving from school to school created anxiety and a growing lack of confidence. This naturally opened the door to bullying … Thank goodness there was no social media in the 1980s, because I can only imagine growing up in a digital world today, presents far more challenges for our children than you and I could ever imagine. (@TeacherToolkit)

As we know, bullying can manifest itself in different forms; we may remember a time when our friends – our even ourselves – were bullied at school. As parents and teachers, we may shun harmless ‘name-calling‘ as mindless fun and ‘the things children do‘, but we should always be mindful of the various forms of bullying and what we can do about it.

Anti-Bullying Week in England is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and takes place from 14th-18th November 2016.

What is Anti-Bullying Week?

Anti-Bullying Week shines a spotlight on bullying and encourages all children, teachers and parents to take action against bullying throughout the year.

  • To support children and young people to use their Power for Good – by understanding the ways in which they are powerful  and encouraging individual and collective action to stop bullying and create the best world possible.
  • To help parents and carers to use their Power for Good – through supporting children with issues relating to bullying and working together with schools to stop bullying.
  • To encourage all teachers, school support staff and youth workers to use their Power for Good– by valuing the difference they can make in a child’s life, and taking individual and collective action to prevent bullying and create safe environments where children can thrive.

Anti Bullying Week

Tips for parents and carers:

  1. If your child is being bullied, don’t panic
  2. Bullying is never acceptable; and should always be taken seriously
  3. Try and establish the facts
  4. Find out what your child wants to happen
  5. You may be tempted to tell your child to retaliate but this can have unpredictable results
  6. Encourage your child to get involved in activities that build their confidence.

Tips for teachers:

  1. Bullying is not just something that children and teenagers go through
  2. It is not a child’s fault if they are bullied
  3. Children need to be supported to speak out
  4. The only way to stop bullying is to acknowledge that it happens
  5. Challenge all forms of offensive or discriminatory language
  6. Take time to talk.

Access free Anti-Bullying Week resources including lesson plans, assemblies and top tips. (Anti-Bullying Alliance)

How can you get involved?

  • Please ask your MP to support Anti-Bullying Week 2016
  • Join the Anti-Bullying Week social media campaign .
  • FAQs.

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@TeacherToolkit

In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account in which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. In 2015, he was nominated for '500 Most Influential People in Britain' in The Sunday Times as one of the most influential in the field of education - he remains the only classroom teacher to feature to this day ... Sharing online as @TeacherToolkit, he rebuilt this website (c2008) into what you are now reading, as one of the 'most influential blogs on education in the UK', winning the number one spot at the UK Blog Awards (2018). Today, he is currently a PGCE tutor and is researching 'social media and its influence on education policy' for his EdD at Cambridge University. In 1993, he started teaching and is an experienced school leader working in some of the toughest schools in London. He is also a former Teaching Awards winner for 'Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, London' (2004) and has written several books on teaching (2013-2018). Read more...

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