On October 29th, 100 students took part in a one-day anti-bullying training session run by The Diana Award at St Dominic’s Sixth Form College in Harrow. Young people from nine local schools, aged 14 to 17, worked together and acquired vital skills to enable them to change the attitudes and behaviours of bullying in their school or college. The students also developed confidence in how to address different bullying situations, both online and offline.
The Diana Award’s free Anti-Bullying Ambassador Programme, which is available to schools across the UK, sees trainers working with students and other young people to change the attitude surrounding bullying. The programme has a strong peer-to-peer focus, with trainers giving young people the skills and confidence to become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors to tackle bullying in their schools long after the training has finished. The Diana Award’s anti-bullying work is recognised as world-class thanks to this sustainable approach.
The training looked at bullying in different situations including face-to-face and online. At the end of the day, pupils made an action plan of how to approach bullying issues that may arise in their schools and committed to their roles as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.
Commenting on the training, Andrew Parkin, the Principal at St Dominic’s, said, ‘It is really important that Catholic schools and colleges take a lead in ensuring that all forms of bullying are tackled robustly so as to foster a climate of tolerance and respect for all our students.’
Information about the Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign can be found here.
Published: 13 November 2019