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Anti-Bullying

 

This year’s national Anti-Bullying campaign runs from 15th to 19th November 2021; once again, The Duston School is fully supporting this year’s campaign.

The theme, this year, is `One Kind Word’.  Using materials supplied by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, we will be putting together fun activities, packs and information that will be delivered through virtual assemblies and tutor tasks.

Anti-Bullying posters will be displayed in key areas of the school, to help raise awareness and aid discussion.

Thank you for supporting this year’s campaign and our ongoing work against bullying; should you have any questions or comments please speak with Mr Martin (Designated Officer for Safeguarding & Child Protection).

Should you have any concerns relating to an incident in which your (or another) child may be being bullied then please contact your child’s Tutor in the first instance.


What is bullying?

Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else.  It includes name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone.  It can happen anywhere; at school, at home or online.  It’s usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt a child/young person physically and emotionally. [NSPCC]

Recognising the signs of bullying:

  • Belongings get ‘lost’ or damaged
  • Physical injuries, such as unexplained bruises
  • Being afraid to go to school, being mysteriously ‘ill’ each morning or skipping school
  • Not doing as well at school
  • Asking for, or stealing, money
  • Being nervous, losing confidence, or becoming distressed and withdrawn
  • Problems with eating or sleeping
  • Bullying others

Below are links that parents/carers may find useful:

 

  • Anti-Bullying Alliance

             https://anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/anti-bullying-weeks-gone/anti-bullying-week-2020-united-against-bullying

 

  • Additional ABA Week involvement:

            NCB (National Children’s Bureau) have worked with Kidscape to bring you a pack for parents and carers this Anti-Bullying Week to help parents with                            concerns about bullying, information about it and how you can start talking about Anti-Bullying Week: ‘One Kind Word’ with your children. 

           Download our Parent / Carer Pack

 

Take part in our Anti-Bullying Week Twitter Talks 

We're holding two talks on our Twitter account, @abaonline, in Anti-Bullying Week. Find out more about how to take part via the link in the title. 

Anti-Bullying Week 2021: How can we make schools kinder places to be? Tuesday 16th November – 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Anti-Bullying Week 2021: How can we be ‘anti-bullying‘ parents and carers? Thursday 18th November – 8.30pm – 9.30pm

Come along to our Anti-Bullying Week 2021: Online Celebration Event 

Taking place on Wednesday 17th November from 4pm - 5pm on Zoom. There will be a range of exciting speakers and the event will be chaired by young people. Sign up via the link in the title. We'd love to see you there!