Sending a Message to Bullies
This week is Anti-bullying Week, and we are delighted to have seen our schools conducting a variety of activities to take a stand against bullying. At The White Horse Federation, we are steadfastly committed to removing bullying from our schools and making each setting an environment where both children and staff are safe and happy. There is never a reason or excuse for bullying, and we won’t tolerate it.
In 2016/17, there were more than 24,000 Childline counselling sessions with children about bullying, and a 2017 survey reported that 54% of secondary school and college students in the UK had been bullied at some point in their lives.
Research in 2016 from the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) found that children and young people who were involved in school bullying enjoyed going to school less, had poorer relationships with their teachers, and were less likely to feel safe or included within the school. This led to 21% of children who were bullied daily truanting during the 2015/16 school year.
The White Horse Federation recognises that it is the responsibility of our trust and our schools to educate children on bullying, prevent it from happening, and support anyone who has been bullied. That is why our schools have detailed frameworks in place to prevent, counteract, and address any instance of bullying in any form.
We want to assure parents and students that The White Horse Federation and its schools are doing everything possible to eradicate bullying entirely, and we will not stop working until we achieve this goal.