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Leicestershire Anti-Bullying Team on Capital FM!

Leicestershire County Council's Anti-bullying Caroline Harbison and Darren Goddard, Leicestershire Police's Hate Crime Manager have been telling Capital about the work they're doing. Listen below:

#Keeponfighting - Anti-bullying project for schools

'Jonezy' is a local rapper/entertainer from Loughborough, Leicestershire. He recently wrote a track called 'Keep On Fighting', in which he talks from personal experience about bullying and its effects.

He is available to go to local schools to perform his track and talk to students about his experiences. You can find out more and watch his YouTube video here:

Lead anti-bullying Governor training, 14th March 2017

Good practice recommends that all schools should have a named Governor to take the lead in preventing and tackling bullying in their school.

We are offering a half day training session for lead Governors to learn more and gain confidence about their roles and responsibilities in this area.

Free anti-bullying workshops for young people in Leicester.

Kidscape, a national children's charity, runs free ZAP workshops for young people aged 9-16 who have experienced bullying, funded by the Big Lottery Fund. It is a fun, interactive day that encourages the development of assertiveness skills and raises young people's confidence so that they are able to deal with bullying situations effectively. Parents and carers can request an application form at www.kidscape.org.uk/zap and also attend a separate workshop on the day where they are given expert knowledge of how to effectively support their child.

The ZAP team run the one-day workshops fortnightly, usually during term-time in various locations in the North East, Midlands and London. The workshops run from 10am - 3.30pm. Upcoming ZAP workshop dates in Leicester are:

Thursday 9th March: 9-11's

Thursday 16th March: 12-16's

There are also workshops happening in Birmingham on 26th Jan (12-16s) and 16th Feb (9-11s).

For a full list of workshop venues and dates, please go to https://www.kidscape.org.uk/what-we-do/zap-anti-bullying-and-assertiveness-workshops/zap-workshop-dates/ and for more information, please contact Julie Smith at zap.midlands@kidscape.org.uk.

Autumn Term 2016 Newsletter

Please click below for our new Anti-Bullying Team newsletter. This edition contains information about Anti-Bullying Week and upcoming training opportunities.

Leicestershire County Council rank 6th in the Stonewall Education Equality Index!

For the third year running, the county council's anti-bullying team has been recognised by the national LGBT charity Stonewall for its work to tackle bullying in schools.
The Leicestershire team has come sixth in the charity's annual Education Equality Index – rising three places from ninth last year. The Index showcases local authorities that excel at celebrating difference, preventing and tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools and supporting LGBT young people within their local communities.

Summer Term 2016 Newsletter

Our Summer term newsletter is now available. Find out what's new in the world of anti-bullying, both near and far!

2015 Leicestershire Anti-Bullying survey summary

A summary of results is now available for our 2015 anti-bullying survey for Leicestershire schools. This survey is open every November to coincide with Anti-Bullying Week and we ask as many of our schools as possible to take part. In return, your school will receive your own data back, as as well as the data for Leicestershire. This will enable you to see where you sit in comparison to the rest of the county.

Leicestershire Anti-Bullying Survey results 2015

The results are now in for our anti-bullying survey, which was live for Leicestershire schools in November. All schools who took part should have received an email with their results and those of the county as a whole so that you can make comparisons.

New SEND resources from the Anti-Bullying Alliance

LGBT History Month 2016

The theme for this year's LGBT History Month is 'Religion, Belief and Philosophy'.
Stonewall have designed a series of posters featuring LGBT Role Models of faith, which schools can download from 29th January 2016.

You can also download their new guide Supporting LGBT Young People and Getting Started: A toolkit for preventing and tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in secondary schools This toolkit provides a framework and a set of practical tools to enable secondary schools to embed work to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying across their policies and procedures.

Finally, the activity pack that supports Stonewall's primary film FREE is available as a downloadable resource. Primary schools can access FREE for free from Stonewall, where there are also activities for children and lesson plans for teachers.

New E learning tool: Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) inclusive sex and relationships education (SRE).

The Sex Education Forum are pleased to announce that the accompanying eLearning tool is now available for schools.

Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) inclusive sex and relationships education (SRE).

The course is designed for primary and secondary schools and covers legislation, the Equalities Act, appropriate language, Ofsted guidance and practical options for addressing prejudice in the classroom.

This e-learning tool is suitable for is for all teachers, managers and support staff.

The module takes approximately 40 minutes to complete and can be done individually, in pairs or groups.

Click here to launch the course.

Autumn Term Newsletter

Lesson plans from PSHE Association for preparting to teach about mental health & EHW

Summer Term Newsletter 2015

Anti-Bullying Team on Twitter!

We are pleased to tell you that Leicestershire Anti-Bullying Team are now Tweeting away at @BeyondLCC. Follow us for up to date information and advice. We will also retweet some of the great anti-bullying work going on across Leicestershire schools!

Beyond Bullying Survey 2014 Summaries

During November 2014 we asked year 4 and year 8 pupils in Leicestershire schools to take part in our bulling survey to help us get a better idea of what is going on and what we and schools can do to help. We received 1027 responses and the results are summarised below (the primary summary relates to year 4 and the secondary to year 8). Each participating school also received an individual break down of their own school data so that they can use it to make comparisons with the Leicestershire summary and to be able to focus their anti-bullying work effectively in their schools.

The survey will be available for Leicestershire schools to take part in again during November 2015 so please come back and get your school involved!

Spring Term Newsletter 2015

Take a look at our newsletter to find out what's new in the world of anti-bullying!

Updated leaflets for 2015

We have updated some of the advice and contact details on two of our leaflets.
'Cyberbullying' and 'Bullying advice for parents and carers' are available to view or print here:

Restorative Approaches in Schools leaflet

Following the successful pilot of a restorative project in Leicester and Leicestershire, which involved partnerships with colleagues in Denmark, we have produced a new leaflet entitled 'Restorative Approaches in School'. This leaflet aims to inform schools about restorative approaches; what they are, how they can benefit your school and where to go for further information.

The Childline Schools Service

Childline are providing a free service, talking to primary schools about abuse in all its forms. Please download flyer below for more information. You can also contact Shelly Charnock at shelly.charnock@nspcc.org.uk or Tel: 07976065282

‘Reflect Respekt Restore’
European funded initiative on Restorative Approaches in schools

Leicestershire County Council & Leicester City Council are working in partnership, along with Leicestershire Constabulary and other partners to develop restorative approaches in schools as part of their anti-bullying strategies

The project called 'Reflect Respekt Restore' has European funding and includes Babington Community College, Charnwood College, Leicestershire Youth Offending Service, e-ngage and European partners in Svendborg, Denmark.

Restorative approaches are a method of dealing with conflict through conversation and can be used when dealing with incidents of bullying and other inappropriate behaviour.

The project will develop a website to provide and share information along with a DVD resource for information and training.

For Anti-Bullying week we have produced a short film clip as a preview of the project work:

'Calling Out' - a story telling project partnership between Gripping Yarns and Leicestershire Anti-Bullying Team.

'Calling Out' is a new anti-bullying story telling project written with the practical and financial support of Leicestershire County Council's Anti-Bullying Team.

Exploring issues around different families and homophobic language, 'Calling Out' tells the story of a young boy and his personal experiences of being 'different' at school. The cost per performance to schools in Leicestershire will be £100, plus £25 per day expenses. The performance will last between 45 minutes and one hour, followed by post performance discussion with the group.

For further info and details on how to book a performance for your school during Anti-Bullying Week, click on the flyer below:

Woodfer's World - autism awareness resource

'Ambitious about Autism' have launched a new teaching resource to help stop children with hidden disabilities from being bullied at school. 'Woodfer's World' comprises a CD featuring 4 stories about Woodfer, a squirrel who is different and a handbook for teachers containing learning opportunities, hand-out sheets and family activities.

Sophie Lancaster Foundation Resource for Schools

The Sophie Lancaster Foundation has launched an educational game for high schools and other educational establishments that shows young people how easy it is to be more tolerant and open their minds to accept all people, despite their lifestyle or appearance. The Sophie Game will be a paid for resource available for teachers to use in schools and other Youth Workers across the UK.

All Leicestershire high schools should be receiving their copy of this resource, however the Anti-Bullying Team also have a copy which we would be willing to loan out to schools/educational settings.

Please follow the link below for more information about the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and this resource:

DfE: Preventing and Tacking Bullying. Advice for head teachers, staff and governing bodies.

This document has been recently updated from its previous publication.

Ofsted briefing, September 2012 - Exploring the school's actions to prevent homophobic bullying.

Updated in September 2012, an inspection briefing from Ofsted around school's reponses to homophobic bullying.

'Keeping Kids Safe' - cybersafety advice from O2

O2 have produced some useful guidance aimed at parents with information about helping to keep children safe when using technology:

DfE publications

Below is a list of recent DfE publications relating to bullying and behaviour:

Also, Ofsted's framework for School Inspection from January 2012, which clearly outlines bullying and behaviour as key areas:

New Peer Support information leaflet for professionals

The Anti-bullying Team have been working with Leicester City to create a reference leaflet for anyone looking for more information on peer support schemes. This may be anything from how such schemes differ, to what is involved in setting a peer support system up.

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See these other useful websites

  • Anti-Bullying Alliance Network
    National Children's Bureau
    NSPCC
    Healthy Schools
    The Jitty