Article summary: This week is Anti-Bullying Week 2021 (15-19 November), a campaign run by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) to encourage people to pull together and put a stop to bullying.
The ABA is a coalition of organisations and individuals that are united against bullying. A lot of their work is focused on schools and the United Against Bullying programme is their new whole-school anti-bullying initiative that they believe can really make a difference. It supports schools to reduce bullying and improve the wellbeing of all children, focusing on those most at risk.
The ABA currently has over 140 members who are the lifeblood of the charity. New applications for membership are always welcomed; we’d love to hear from organisations and individuals who support our vision and values and want to work with us to stop bullying. Find out more about membership…
This year’s theme is One Kind Word. After the isolation of the past 20 months, it’s never been more important to be kind, especially to those who may be going through a difficult time. One kind word leads to another and we can all play a part in a chain reaction that powers positivity. In 2020 a staggering 80% of schools marked the week, reaching over 7.5 million children and young people.
At PETA, we encourage and promote the importance of respect and tolerance amongst our students and our staff. Recognising that diversity enriches everyone’s life experience, we promote British Values in everything we do and we look to our learners to share their experience regularly, through our Learner Voice Forum and our monthly ‘one question’ survey.
The most recent question achieved a positive response with 95% of learners confirming that: “The PETA team makes me feel welcomed, treats me fairly and with respect.”
We are working to further improve what we do and to ensure that our staff, as well as our learners, are educated and receive the support and training to nurture an environment where, if a situation of bullying, harassment or discrimination arises, it is not tolerated and is dealt with swiftly to promote and uphold the values we expect at our centres. Looking after our learners and staff is always our highest priority.
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