Sixty schools in Nottinghamshire have successfully completed the All Together United against Bullying programme – the largest number of schools nationally participating in the programme.
Primary, secondary and special schools took part in the two-year Department of Education funded initiative with 34 achieving the gold award, 23 silver, one bronze and a further two receiving a certificate.
All the schools agreed that the programme had helped them to focus and improve their anti-bullying practice.
Councillor Philip Owen, chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, said: “In taking part in this programme, schools are displaying a real determination to stamp out bullying in their schools.
“It also sends a clear message to parents and carers that schools are tackling this issue and keeping pupils safe.”
The programme included a special focus on reducing bullying of disabled children and those with Special Educational Needs as well as peer-on-peer abuse.
Lorna Naylor, the county council’s anti-bullying co-ordinator and programme lead, said: “Children can abuse other children and this is generally referred to as peer-on-peer abuse.
“The bullying can take many forms including cyberbullying, sexual violence, sexual harassment, physical abuse such as hitting, kicking, biting and hair pulling and sexting.”
The Anti-bullying Alliance has announced that the programme will be extended for another eighteen months.
They will be taking on new schools by the end of the year and schools can sign up by visiting www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/aba-our-work/our-programmes/all-together-whole-school-programme-schools
The gold awards winners were:
Berry Hill Primary School
Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy
Brinsley Primary and Nursery School
Carlton le Willows Academy
Croft Primary School
Forest Town Primary School
Hawthorne Primary and Nursery School
High Oakham Primary School
Holly Hill Primary and Nursery School
Kingsway Primary School
Lake View Primary and Nursery School
Lovers’ Lane Primary School
Richard Bonington Primary
Selston High School
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
St. Peter’s Cross Keys C of E Academy
Wynndale Primary School
Dunham-on-Trent CofE Primary
Jesse Gray Primary School
John Hunt Primary School
Linby cum Papplewick C of E Primary School
The Minster School
Abbey Primary School
Arnold Hill Academy
Birklands Primary School
Chetwynd Primary Academy
Magnus C of E Academy
St Marys C of E Edwinstowe
Woodborough Wood’s Foundation School
Worksop Priory C of E Primary Academy