Over 100 young people from 27 Buckinghamshire schools came together to explore how they can help reduce bullying in their schools at our ‘Agents for Change’ events.
Between Monday 25th September and Wednesday 27th September 2017, 9 and 10 year olds from across the county attended three events in Wycombe, Aylesbury and Amersham to pledge to become Agents for Change and help to stamp out bullying in their schools.
The events were funded by Buckinghamshire County Council and delivered by EqualiTeach, which is a not-for-profit organisation working across England to help to make schools equal and inclusive places where everyone feels safe and able to achieve.
The young people took part in a carousel of interactive workshops where they learnt about racism, homophobia and disability-related bullying and devised action plans of activities and initiatives that they are going to put into practice back in their schools. The young people left the days enthused and ready to implement their learning:
“I loved all of it!”, “I learnt so much :)”, “The day really made me think”, “The activities were so much fun”, “I’m looking forward to speaking out to stop bullying back in school”
Teachers were similarly enthusiastic:
“A fabulous day, enjoyed by all. The agents are very excited to make a change and report back on what they have learnt today” Millbrook Combined School
“Excellent workshop, fantastic information, with knowledgeable staff. It focused children’s minds and gave them responsibility for this and how they can help” Great Kingshill School
At the end of the day, the young people signed a joint pledge outlining the things that they are going to do to stop bullying. Everyone left with an Agents for Change badge to let others know that they are there to help people experiencing bullying
Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, Mike Appleyard said: “Bullying is a serious issue which can have long-term damaging effects on children’s lives. I really admire the tremendous tenacity of these young pupils and their commitment to tackling bullying wherever it may be happening. Well done to them.”
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