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Anti-Bullying Ambassadors

Anti-Bullying

Forestdale is committed to providing a caring, friendly, respectful and safe learning environment for all of our pupils. We promote an inclusive ethos that focuses on respecting one another and celebrating difference and diversity.

Bullying and prejudice-based language of any kind, involving pupils, adults towards pupils, staff or parents are unacceptable and will not be tolerated at our school.

We understand the devastating and lasting effect being bullied can have on some children and we will deal with all incidents equally seriously, quickly and effectively, whether it has taken place in or outside of school.

Preventing and tackling bullying is part of our work to support pupils’ social and emotional development and to be recognised as a healthy school. Helpful documents and the school anti-bullying policy can be found in this section.

Anti-Bullying Ambassadors

In the autumn term 2016, we appointed two Forestdale Anti- Bullying Ambassadors per year group. Children were invited to apply for the posts explaining why they wanted to become an ambassador, how they would support other students in school and the skills and qualities they possess, making them an ideal Anti Bullying ambassador. The successful candidates were selected based on merit.

The anti-bullying ambassadors are easily identifiable by their blue sashes.

Our wonderful Anti Bullying Ambassadors (FABAs) received training, in accordance with our anti-bullying policy, and have been working in the classrooms and playground to ensure that our children feel safe and happy at Forestdale.

Their first task was to plan and deliver an informative assembly to introduce who they are, what they do and also to launch Anti Bullying Week. This was hugely successful.

One key message at Forestdale is bullying is if someone does something unkind to you: Several Times On Purpose (STOP) and if anyone is being bullied: Start Telling Other People (STOP).

The FABAs also planned a range of fun activities for each class to participate in as part of Anti Bullying Week; from writing anti-bullying poems to taking part in role play.

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Anti-Bullying Week activity planned by the ambassadors

They have also introduced worry boxes into every classroom, for children to write down and post any of their worries or concerns. They also decided that the school should learn to sing Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” which is now sang collectively in assemblies.

Advice for Parents

If your child is being bullied:

Call or go on the website of one of the organisations dedicated to supporting parents and carers. They will give you independent advice and support. For example, Parentline Plus on 0800 800 2222 or the Parents Anti-Bullying Helpline on 0845 120 5204.