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Anti-Bullying Week 2016: Use your Power for Good

Anti-Bullying Week this year is encouraging students and others to use their ‘Power for Good’. Anna Feuchtwang explains

As a teacher, you probably have days where you feel powerful and in control, and other days where you’ve lost it and pupils/colleagues/parents/Ofsted are dragging you into a vortex. Power dynamics are part of the fabric of school life and are evident in every class, playground, corridor and staffroom. Power dynamics are also fundamental to how we define, understand and take action against bullying.

Anti-Bullying Week, coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), is taking place from November 14 to 18 and this year the theme is Power for Good. The key aims of the week are:

ABA defines bullying as “the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power”. This Anti-Bullying Week we want to support schools to explore with pupils what we mean by an imbalance of power, sending a positive message that we all have a choice to use our Power for Good.

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