Caring children from a Dorset multi-academy trust have joined forces to help ensure bullying does not happen at their schools.
Pupils from Wimborne Academy Trust’s seven first and middle schools – Allenbourn Middle, St Michael’s Middle, Colehill First, Hayeswood First, St John’s First, Witchampton First, Merley First – have formed a special anti-bullying council.
And their first workshop as a council helped influence a range of activities taking place at their schools this week as part of National Anti-Bullying Week (November 14-18).
The children on the trust-wide council – whose ages range from 7 to 13 – will meet termly to help influence how the Trust as a whole prevents and tackles bullying.
Wimborne Academy Trust’s CEO, Liz West, said: “Thankfully occurrences of bullying at our schools are rare.
“To ensure this continues there is no one better to have involved than the children themselves.
“We are delighted that these children, who care deeply for their school and others, have come together this way.
“Their ideas and input will be invaluable in helping us forge an even stronger community, in which we all look out for each other.”
At its first meeting pupils discussed the differences on how children and adults view bullying.
They also agreed that a questionnaire would be a useful way of finding out how safe at school their peers felt.
Although the general consensus of the council members was that their schools do not have much of a problem with bullying, they all agreed that standing together against it would be a positive thing.
To help prevent bullying, the members recommended introducing an anonymous ‘bully box’ into the schools – where children can disclose concerns privately.
They are also hoping to arrange for an inspirational guest speaker to talk to children about their experiences of bullying.
And during National Anti-Bullying Week a range of activities were due to take place across the schools, including special assemblies, role play, making anti-bullying videos and poetry writing.
“Already their input is making a difference and we’re working on a Trust-wide questionnaire to send to our children,” Liz West added.
“I’m sure this is just one of many children-led initiatives that will come from this excellent new council.”
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