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    Anti-Bullying Presentation - by Robert Higgs 13/03/17

    On Monday 13th March all students in Years 7-10 had the opportunity to attend an anti-bullying presentation delivered by Robert Higgs who has a national reputation for his anti-bullying work. He is the author of two books on bullying. He has also featured on national TV and radio. He gives talks in schools across the UK with his audiences reporting that his work is amongst the most engaging that they have encountered. His unique approach has credibility with young people because he speaks from the perspective of having experienced bullying as a young person himself.

    His presentation began with a live theatre performance by Robert which can be previewed here.

    During his hour long presentation with each year group Robert covered:

    • What Bullying is and the difference between 'bullying' and 'banter.'
    • How bullying manifests, including verbal, indirect, cyber & physical bullying.
    • Practical Techniques for building self-esteem, confidence & resilience.
    • Practical Techniques for tackling 'name calling', 'banter' or verbal bullying.
    • Bystander behaviour & how to be a 'Defender' bystander and prevent bullying in school.
    • Cyber Bullying & tips for managing online behaviour.
    • What to do and where to find support if you are bullied or are bullying someone.

    The aim of his presentation was to empower students with a toolkit for building the resilience, selfconfidence and self-esteem needed to avoid bullying behaviour.

    We are delighted to have secured Robert Higg's services this academic year for what we anticipate will prove to be a very valuable addition to the Academy's anti-bullying strategy.

    His presentation titled 'The Boy In The Photograph' can be found here.

    QEGS Student Voice:

    'It was a really good presentation and he made everything clear'
    'The performance was more visual rather than just speaking which was good'
    'I learned that other people can bully because they're bullied'
    'I learnt where to go if I need help with bullying'
    'I learnt how to stand up to bullying and ways to help'
    'It made me realise that banter can be bullying'
    'I learnt how to deal with bullying in different ways'

    National Anti-Bullying Week - 14th to 18th November 2016

    The theme for this year’s national Anti-Bullying week is “Power for Good”. Nationally, this week aims to highlight the impact of bullying on young people in schools, communities, and cyberspace. The Department for Education defines bullying as “Behaviour by an individual or group, repeatedly over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group”. Bullying can take many forms including:

    • Physical
    • Verbal
    • Emotional
    • Sexual
    • Homophobic
    • Cyber

    Sadly, bullying takes place in all communities. The life of a victim of bullying can be made a misery: it undermines their confidence and self-esteem. Bullying impacts on a victim’s attendance and attainment at school and can have a lifelong negative impact on young people’s lives. National Anti-Bullying week has clear aims:

    • To support young people to use their ‘power for good’ by understanding the ways in which they are powerful and can put a stop to bullying.
    • To encourage individual and collective action to stop bullying and create the best world possible.
    • To help parents and carers to support children with issues relating to bullying, working together with schools to stop bullying.
    • For schools to create safe environments where students can thrive.

    At QEGS, we are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all members of our community. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable. If bullying does occur, all students should have the confidence to tell someone they trust and to be confident that incidents will be dealt with promptly.

    Already this academic year a number of activities have taken place, or are about to take place, with the aim of raising awareness of bullying and strengthening the academy’s anti-bullying work. These events/activities include:

    • An Anti-Bullying “Theatre in Education” performance for Year 7 students entitled “Hope” with a follow up workshop to discuss the issues raised.
    • Assemblies will be based on the theme of anti-bullying.
    • All students will have an opportunity to complete a Well-Being Survey which will include questions on bullying (analysis of students’ responses will help inform and enhance the academy’s anti-bullying work).
    • There will be increased opportunities to discuss anti-bullying during Form Time.
    • “Beat Bullying” wristbands, giving an important anti-bullying message, will be available for students to purchase, with all proceeds going to a children’s charity. These wristbands may be worn in the academy.
    • The academy has twice hosted an Anti-Bullying Ambassadors’ training day, provided by The Diana Award when students from QEGS trained as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. These Ambassadors visit and peer mentor students during Form time. For your reference, the academy’s Anti-Bullying Policy can be found on our website in the “School Policies” section.

    QEGS is committed to working proactively and collaboratively to address the problem of bullying and to ensure that all our students feel safe and happy during their time at QEGS. If you have any concerns about bullying, or any thoughts or ideas as to how the academy might further strengthen its anti-bullying work, please do contact us.

    Yours faithfully,

    Mrs B Humphrey-Lewis
    Assistant Headteacher

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