Evidence from national and local data demonstrates that bullying is widespread and identifies bullying as a key concern for children and young people. Children and young people report experiencing bullying in a range of forms including physical, verbal and relational bullying and with the advent of social media the bullying they experience can continue 24 hours a day.

Schools will be preparing for the implementation of statutory Relationships Education (primary) and Relationships and Sex Education (secondary).  The draft guidance on these subjects includes significant strands on enabling pupils to develop and sustain healthy relationships and to identify and challenge bullying, coercion and manipulation. We are able to support schools with a full review of the whole school environment and curriclum provision, to enable leaders to fully prepare for statutory status.

Bullying damages children and young people’s physical and emotional wellbeing, including their self-confidence and ability to build and sustain relationships. It undermines their ability to learn and can impact on their chances of achieving their full potential at school and later in life. A significant number of children and young people who have experienced being bullied at school, also report experiencing mental health issues including anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicidal ideation as a result.

Schools have an important part to play in preventing and reducing incidents of bullying and a responsibility to respond to bullying whether it’s in the school, the community or online. Research has shown that the context of the whole school approach which includes creating safe environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn is key to the successful implementation of anti-bullying work in schools. 

Further information and guidance is available from the Cambridgeshire Anti-bullying Steering Group.

We offer and range of resources to support Anti-bullying work in Primary Schools:

Primary Personal Development Programme The Cambridgeshire Primary Personal Development Programme will enable your school to develop and implement a complete PSHE and Citizenship programme from EYFS to Y6. It will support you in delivering Relationships Education and Health Education, which become statutory in September 2020. It provides all the resources for a high quality teaching programme, revisiting topics at 4 levels of learning for different age groups, through 66 interactive units of work. Teachers can also access guidance on a range of teaching methodologies and assessment materials. The programme includes toolkits with up to date materials for reviewing and developing policies, which will support the promotion of wellbeing across your school. PSHE leaders will be able to download all resources from our dedicated, regularly updated website. This resources is accredited by the PSHE Association.

Primary Anti-Bullying Themeset is a package designed to support primary schools in developing Anti-bullying provision and also to review and develop policy and practice. It provides support in working with parents /carers and other members of the community.

CPD for Staff  is available to meet your needs in building teacher confidence or support you with developing policy and practice.

Parents Anti-Bullying Awareness Sessions are available to support you in developing policy or raising awareness with your parent/carer body and the wider community.

The Cambridgeshire Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation Programme is a programme which aims to reduce incidents of bullying by supporting schools to develop a whole school approach to resolving conflict peacefully. The resource introduces the skills of conflict resolution and enables the development of a peer mediation service at the school.

Celebrating Girls' Friendships Programme  is a KS2 curriculum intervention programme designed to support the development of positive relationships between all girls. It support girls to explore the complexities of their friendships including why they sometimes fall out and engage in destructive behaviours such as relational aggression and bullying. The resource teaches girls to deal with difficulties between friends in an appropriate and constructive manner to ensure the protection of their own and other girls’ wellbeing. 

The Support Group Method was originally developed by the Educational Psychologists Barbara Maines and George Robinson in the early1990s and is now a well-recognised anti bullying approach used in many schools and local authorities across the country. The approach addresses bullying by forming a support group of children and young people who have perpetrated or witnessed bullying. 

We offer and range of resources to support Anti-bullying in secondary schools:

Secondary Wellbeing Frameworks for PSHE  All of our materials for PSHE and Citizenship are based on a series of Wellbeing Frameworks which provide a developmental overview of all areas of learning. These frameworks build on national guidance for PSHE, identifying key areas of learning across the school curriculum. 

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