Will a student reach out to you during Anti-Bullying Week?

The annual Anti-Bullying Week takes place from November 14 to 18. Martha Evans looks at how the campaign is encouraging supportive conversations about bullying and asks all school staff to be aware of what they can do if a pupil reaches out to them

A few weeks back, a friend told me about something their child experienced at school. A teacher was giving a class of spirited 11-year-olds a talk about bullying and how it is never acceptable. My friend’s child meekly raised their hand during the din and explained they were being repeatedly bullied by another child in the class. The teacher stopped, looked a bit flustered and then dismissed the plea with the explanation: “We’re not talking about individual grievances!”

Thankfully, this is not the attitude of the vast majority of teachers who get behind Anti-Bullying Week every year.

Every year, we see piles of nominations from pupils across the country for our School Staff Award in recognition of the extra mile that countless teachers and other school staff go to make sure children don’t suffer bullying.

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