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Dozens of pupils attend anti-bullying event

Published on Monday, 13th November 2017 in Schools and colleges news

School children are doing their bit to stamp out bullying with a special event for around one hundred pupils at Rotherham’s New York stadium today.

The children will be showcasing films, presentations and dance routines they have created to highlight the work they have been doing to raise awareness of bullying, and the hurt it can cause other children.

The event, which kicks off at 10am today (Monday 13 November) marks the beginning of National Anti-bullying Week. It will culminate with a staged card stunt event, where the children will hold up cards above their heads in the stadium to spell out “All Different All Equal”, which is this year’s national theme.

As part of the event, and also being done across other Rotherham schools, pupils are being encouraged to wear odd socks in support of the theme of everyone being different and being equal.

The event is being co-ordinated by Rotherham Council and the Rotherham Anti-Bullying Company. It has seen good results at schools across the borough to drive out bullying, and the team has even been abroad to share best practice with other countries.

Rotherham Anti-Bullying Educator Ann Foxley-Johnson said: “The pupils have worked so hard on their routines and now can’t wait to showcase them at this one off event.

“And the ‘All Different, All Equal’ message is a fantastic way to emphasise the individuality of children across Rotherham. We want pupils to be inclusive of everyone, whatever their background or beliefs. And in our work we find the younger children often will embrace this, which is why it is best to get messages across when they are younger and are more willing to embrace difference.”

“We need children to feel safe going into school and not intimidated and scared so that they can’t face going to school and this has a detrimental effect on their education.”

The Rotherham Anti-Bullying Company, which is part of the Council’s School Improvement traded service, educate schools with tactics such as introducing an anti-bullying buddy teams in the playground, workshops for staff, pupils and parents, individual group work and restorative justice meetings between upset pupils.

Cllr Gordon Watson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services added: “Bullying is not something any child should have to put up with and is certainly something we want to see the back of at any of our schools.

“As part of our commitment to being child friendly we fully embrace the support the Anti-Bullying Company gives schools and pupils to have the confidence to tackle bullying, whether it’s in the playground, outside of school or online. We want to provide our pupils with the tools and opportunity to enjoy school and focus on their education.”

The schools invited to the event on Monday include Anston Hillcrest, Bramley Sunnyside Juniors, Brinsworth Howarth, Canklow Woods, East Dene, Greasbrough Primary School, Laughton JI, Herringthorpe Juniors, Rawmarsh St Josephs, Rockingham Primary School, Rosehill Junior, Roughwood, Sitwell Infants, Thorpe Hesley, Thorogate Junior and Infant, Wales Primary School.

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