Anti-Bullying Week

Last week (w.c. 16/11/20) was Anti-Bullying Week, organised and coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance who are a coalition of organisations and individuals that are united against bullying.

The ABA has three main areas of work:

  1. Supporting learning and sharing best practice through membership;
  2. Raising awareness of bullying through Anti-Bullying Week and other coordinated, shared campaigns;
  3. Delivering programme work at a national and local level to help stop bullying and bring lasting change to children’s lives;

They provide expertise in relation to all forms of bullying between children and young people. The Anti-Bullying Alliance was established by the NSPCC and the National Children’s Bureau in 2002 and is hosted by the National Children’s Bureau.

Each year, they have an Anti-Bullying Week to raise awareness of bullying and the work that they do and Tabor did lots to get involved.

This year, we kicked off Anti-Bullying Week at Tabor with Odd Socks Day on Monday 16th November.

Students donated £1 to charity and in exchange wore the brightest, silliest and oddest socks they could find! Odd Socks Day is designed to be fun! It’s an opportunity to encourage people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique!

Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors for each year group also got involved by leading PSCHE and explaining their roles and how people can seek help and support if they or someone else need it.  There were some very thoughtful and mature discussions taking place in form rooms across the school.

And then later in the week, after we had all had a chance to reflect on the key messages of the week, we all came together to create our Tabor Academy Anti-Bullying Pledge Wall.

Every student in the school read, thought about and discussed the Tabor Academy Anti-Bullying Pledge which states that:

I believe that everybody has the right to live in a community where they feel safe, included valued and accepted, regardless of differences.

I pledge to be respectful of others and stand up against bullying whenever and wherever I see it

To show their support, students opted to sign their name alongside those in their form group, to be displayed on the pledge wall.  The jigsaw pattern was chosen to show that although we might all be different, or belong to different form groups, friendship circles, religions, cultures or communities, we are all part of the same Tabor community and are stronger when we are all united together.

This year Tabor Academy gained recognition of our Anti-Bullying Week events from the ABA and received a certificate to acknowledge our support of the work that they do.