If you’re on social media, you’ll know that there appears to be a day or a week for just about anything. National Hug-a-Bear Day, International Sloth Day and National Watermelon Day are a few that we’ve noticed recently. While some of these weeks and days are all fun and games, some of them are far more important. Many international and national days aim to raise awareness and start discussions.
November 13th to 17th is Anti-Bullying Week 2017, and this year’s theme is All Different, All Equal. We all know or have been someone that has experienced bullying. Bullying, unfortunately, doesn’t always end in school. Fighting bullying in schools, however, can ensure that bullying stops both in education but in life beyond it, too.
We’ve compiled some of our favourite websites, resources and ideas so that you can be a part of Anti-Bullying Week 2017.
Wear Blue Day 2017
Before the week even kicks off, you can be part of the movement by taking part in the 3rd annual #WearBlueDay. On November 10th, schools, organisations and individuals will be wearing blue and donating to Bullying UK.
“Preventing and tackling bullying: Advice for headteachers, staff and governing bodies.”
In July of this year, the Department for Education (DfE) released their newest advice on tackling bullying in schools. The 19-page document covers laws, safeguarding, cyberbullying, accountability, and a whole range of issues that might be part of bullying situations. These include SEND, Mental Health, and Race, Religion and Nationality. If you’re not already aware or up to date with this information, a great place to start as a teacher is by reading this document. Make sure you understand what bullying is, and what you can do about it in the first instance.
If you want to introduce Anti-Bullying week into your classroom, what better way to do it than with a video. IntoFilm have videos ranging from a couple of minutes long, all the way to full-length feature films, and even screenings, too. Even better, a whole section of their website covers the topic of bullying. For your convenience, age ratings are on every video. Make sure you’re sharing relevant, age appropriate information with your class.
Of course, Anti-Bullying Week 2017 will be making its way on to our Twitter feeds and Facebook home pages. There’s no doubt about it. How can you stay in the loop, though? Keep an eye on the hashtags #wearblueday, #stopbullying, #antibullyingweek and #alldifferentallequal to see the up to date news and information on the week. You can also follow key influences of the week such as @ABAonline, @bullyinguk and @BBusters. These will keep you up to date on resources and events that might be happening near to you.
Classroom and Teaching Resources
There’s so much you can do by reviewing policies, watching videos and keeping up to date with the news. Without educating your students, though, it can end up being a little redundant. Lots of Anti-Bullying companies have provided masses of resources for Key Stage 1 and 2. Resources include comic strips, presentations, flashcards and debate topics. Some of our favourites include the comic strip project from Bullying UK, and the official primary school pack from the Anti-Bullying Alliance.
So, what are you waiting for? Make sure you get involved in Anti-Bullying Week 2017 and be part of the All Different, All Equal message.