Students and staff at Roundwood Park School have been recognised with an Award for their work on an Anti-Bullying initiative.
They have set up a scheme known as the Standby Group, and are working towards each form being recognised with Bully-free Form Status. As part of this work, students have also written their own Anti-Bullying Policy.
Bully-free Form Status
As part of the Anti-Bullying initiative, form groups are being asked to apply for ‘Bully-free Form’ award. They have to produce a portfolio of work throughout the year, showing their understanding of how to work effectively as a form to deal with bullying and friendship issues. VIPs come into school to assess the form’s work and to interview the form on why they believe they deserve this award.
The Standby Group – Stand by! Don’t be a bystander!
WHY WAS THE GROUP SET UP?
At Roundwood, we believe that there is not very much bullying. However, like all schools there is some and staff wanted to address the issue. They selected a group of volunteer students who have been trained to help students who suffer from bullying. They are called “Standbys”, following on from a theme of Anti-bullying day on the role of bystanders in bullying.
Students and representatives from the school council helped to draw up a new anti-bullying policy which was published in the student planners. We identified areas around the school in which people felt unsafe and we listed the various forms of bullying. We also talked about what we felt should happen to the bullies and how other people around school can help. At the end of the conference we were asked to fill in an evaluation. On this evaluation was the question ‘Would you like to be involved in the Standby Scheme?’
Last term students were invited to a training day in which we were trained on several things relating to bullying behaviour and how to combat it. We were equipped with some assertive techniques and we also looked at basic counselling skills. We also worked through ‘The Pack’, a set of worksheets that are given to students who have displayed bullying behaviour towards other pupils or who may need help to modify their behaviour. After the morning was over, we received a key ring and our blue badges.
SO, WHAT ARE THE STANDBYS DOING NOW?
We are currently doing several things to help people who are suffering from bullying behaviour. We offer a mentoring service for students who need on-going support. We also have a drop-in centre next to the Pastoral Office in B Block where students can come to chat to a Standby.
STANDBYS WEAR BLUE BADGES!
SEE IT, STOP IT, REPORT IT!
STOP PRESS!!! STANDBY NEWS! STANDBY NEWS!
A great deal of work has gone into making people more aware of anti-bullying strategies.
Click here to download and read the latest version of the schools Anti-Bullying Policy which has been updated wed 15 May 2012.