Schools unite to battle bullies

YOUNGSTERS at Felixstowe's schools have teamed up to work on a project to combat bullying.Members of the schools' councils met together at the town's library to draw up a common front page to preface each school's anti-bullying policy.

YOUNGSTERS at Felixstowe's schools have teamed up to work on a project to combat bullying.

Members of the schools' councils met together at the town's library to draw up a common front page to preface each school's anti-bullying policy.

The aim of the afternoon was to bring children of all ages together to look at the problems of bullying and the impact on their classroom colleagues - and to look at new ways to deal with the problem.

It was part of a week of activities in the schools with workshops and activities to promote anti-bullying and highlight the help available to pupils who feel they are being abused.

One of the keys was in highlighting the role of the bystander in preventing bullying - raising awareness of the important role that children, young people and adults can play in helping to stop it, by taking positive action when bullying occurs.

At Deben High, pupils in year eight also saw a hard-hitting play called Back Off Bully by the Diverse Arts Theatre Company, showing the reality of verbal, mental and physical bullying and how the problem can easily escalate beyond control unless help is sought.

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Afterwards there was time for discussion to look at the issues in depth.

Orwell High launched its anti-bullying campaign earlier in the year after a group of students spent three months training with the Community Education and Youth Service as peer mentors to help each other.

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