Sunderland pupils battle bullying

Sunderland Echo, 22 March 2014, UK

YOUNG people in the city have been praised for their work in battling the bullies.

Pupils and staff from schools across Sunderland were invited to the Civic Centre for an anti-bullying celebration.

Hosted by the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Bob Heron, and Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Councillor Pat Smith, the event was to promote the work of the Sunderland Anti-Bullying Strategy Group, and recognise the continuing contribution made by schools, young people and families to putting, and keeping it in place.

This includes an annual competition for pupils and schools to design posters, artwork and classroom activities to raise bullying awareness and the help, support and advice that’s available.

During the event, competition winners were awarded with certificates and prizes, these included Eppleton Academy Primary, which produced an anti-bullying DVD, and students from Farringdon Community Academy, who designed an anti-bullying animation, both will be available to schools as a training package.

Initiatives such as buddy schemes, friendship benches, peer mentors and worry boxes are all helping to tackle bullying in city schools.

Coun Smith said: “Bullying is a national issue and we all need to be aware of what’s going on to be able to do something about it.

“Our approach in Sunderland is led by families and young people themselves, who suggest how they’d like to see things done.

“Our annual competition is a great way to generate new ideas and approaches, and this presentation was our chance to recognise and celebrate their contribution.”