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Schools come together to beat bullying

Published on 03/05/19

More than 100 Norfolk schoolchildren have joined forces to say no to bullying.

Pupils from 11 schools and sixth forms gathered at Thetford Academy on Thursday, May 2 to become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors in a training day run by The Diana Award, a charity set up in memory of the Princess of Wales to improve young people’s lives.

Students from Thetford Academy, Jane Austen College, The Hewett Academy, Old Buckenham High School, Wayland Academy, Attleborough Academy, The Nicholas Hamond Academy, The Nicholas Hamond Academy Sixth Form, Litcham High School, King Edward VI School, and Iceni Academy spent the day exploring what bullying means, both face-to-face and online.

In a series of workshops and activities they learned how to support their peers who have been affected by bullying, and put together an action plan to take back to their schools.

Many of the new ambassadors said they had experienced bullying at some point in their lives and wanted to do their bit to stop it happening.

Thetford Academy student Scarlett Pablo said: “The day was fantastic. I have learned a lot of different stuff about bullying and how to limit the impact of it.”

The training day was the brainchild of the Breckland Youth Advisory Board, which works with Thetford Academy and nearby schools to give young people a voice about the issues that matter to them and their community.

With bullying identified as a key concern for young people in the region, the board has been working with schools across Norfolk to ensure students and staff have the tools they need to tackle the issue.

Emily Holt, head of technology at Jane Austen College, said: “Our students were fully engaged with the training day and embraced every opportunity to discuss the causes and impacts of bullying.

“They are excited to start implementing their ideas and ensure their community is a safe and happy place to grow up in and learn.”