Urged to Plan Ahead for Anti-bullying Week 2005
school in England is being urged to get ahead for Anti-Bullying
Week, with a special activity pack sent out by the Anti-Bullying
Week will run from 21 to 25 November, with the theme of getting
children and young people involved in tackling bullying.
includes 50 suggestions for activities which schools could adapt
during Anti-Bullying Week, such as role plays looking at the role
of bystanders and getting pupils involved in drawing up anti-bullying
strategies. They also contain a questionnaire that schools can use
to monitor levels of bullying and a checklist of things schools
should be doing in the longer term.
day of Anti-Bullying Week, Friday 25 November, has been designated
Blue Friday and everyone in schools is encouraged to wear blue to
show their support and solidarity. This year schools will be able
to order blue wristbands in bulk from a designated website - www.bluefriday.org.uk
Commissioner Al Aynsley Green has backed Anti-Bullying Week and
urged schools to get involved. In a letter introducing the pack,
he explains: "My role is to provide a national platform for
children and young people's voices about issues that are important
to them. Bullying and the misery and harm it causes children and
young people are top of my postbag.
must work together to address this important issue. I am asking
schools in particular to get involved with Anti-Bullying Week and
Blue Friday and show their commitment to tackling bullying."
Cooper, national coordinator of the Anti-Bullying Alliance commented:
"This year's Anti-Bullying Week is all about focusing on the
positive role young people themselves can play. Of course, we don't
expect bullying to be dealt with in a single week but we hope schools
will use this as a stimulus to commit to long-term and sustainable
measures to prevent and deal with this problem."
Week materials are also available to download via the Anti-Bullying
Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) brings together 65 organisations from
the voluntary, public and private sectors to work together to reduce
bullying and create safer environments for children and young people.
ABA is based at the National Children's Bureau. For more information
Anti-Bullying Week packs have been sent out to 24,705 primary, secondary
and special schools across England. Any schools which have not received
one can access materials online at www.anti-bullyingalliance.org
National Children's Bureau (NCB) promotes the voices, interests
and well-being of all children and young people across every aspect
of their lives. As an umbrella body for the children's sector in
England and Northern Ireland, we provide essential information on
policy, research and best practice for our members and other partners.
For more visit www.ncb.org.uk
information contact Tracey Sands, NCB media office, on 020 7843
6045 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
here to download 50 ideas for anti-bullying week (PDF document)