Anti-Bullying Week 2021

Anti-Bullying Week 2021

During the week beginning 15th November 2021, we are supporting Anti-Bullying Week. 

Anti-Bullying Week is an annual event organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and supported by schools nationally. 

Each year, Anti-Bullying Week has an individual theme set by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. This year’s theme is ‘One Kind Word’. The Anti-Bullying Alliance chose this theme because: 

“Kindness is more important today than it has ever been. The isolation of the last year has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers and brighten the lives of the people around us.” 

From www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk.

You can find out more about the Anti-Bullying Alliance’s campaign here, and you can watch their latest video for the ‘One Kind Word’ campaign here.  

Students: Report Bullying

If you are being bullied or know of anyone who is being bullied at Walkden, tell a staff member.

If you are comfortable, you can tell your form tutor or your Head of Year. If you feel more comfortable talking to another member of staff, that is ok too.

If you do not feel you can speak to a staff member directly, you can report incidents of bullying on our website. If you go to the homepage, there is a button called ‘Students: Report a Concern.’ If you click on this, you can fill in a Google Form that your Head of Year will pick up.

Students: What we are doing at Walkden 

All students will have an assembly introducing Anti-Bullying Week and the theme of one kind word. Students will also be introduced to the activities they can get involved in. These include: 

Odd sock day (week!) 

We ask our students to wear odd socks to the Academy to show they are not afraid to always be themselves. 

We would ask parents/carers or older students to take a photo, share it on social media, tag us in @WalkdenCoop and use the hashtag #AntiBullyingWeek and #BeingCoop. 

Anti-bullying Pioneers 

As a community, we succeed together. Working together to stop bullying in our community is crucial. To start a movement, though, it often takes one person to see an injustice and act on it. We call these people pioneers. We want to celebrate the pioneers in our community; so, if you know of anyone who has:

• stood up to bullying

• been kind to anyone who has been bullied

• helped stop bullying in our community

we want to know about them via this Google form

Any student or staff member can be nominated. All of our nominees will receive a certificate from their Head of Year and recognition that they do what matters most, caring for individuals in our community. 

One Kind Word 

In keeping with the theme of this year’s Anti-Bullying Alliance campaign, we are asking our students to send ‘one kind word’ to a staff member or another student. 

In form time, our students will be given postcards to fill in. On these postcards, they can add ‘one kind word’ – a few sentences that make someone’s day a little better. These messages will then be distributed to their recipient via form tutors and, hopefully, they will make someone smile!

Parents/Carers: How can you get involved?

Parents/carers can also nominate an anti-bullying pioneer. It could be your child, a member of staff who has helped your child, or it could be another child in the school who has been particularly kind. You can do that by clicking on this link here and completing this Google form.

If your child is in Year 7 or 8 or doesn’t have a social media account, you could snap their odd socks and share them on your social media. Remember to tag us in @WalkdenCoop and use the hashtags #AntiBullyingWeek and #BeingCoop.

If your child is struggling with bullying, there is advice on the following websites:

If you have any questions or want to report bullying, you can do so by contacting your child’s Head of Year. Their email address can be found here.