The 10th national Anti-Bullying Week was marked by pupils who tackled the bullying experienced by young people who are disabled or have special educational needs.
Challenging disablist language
An Anti-Bullying Alliance survey showed that adults often normalise bullying by using disablist language in their everyday conversations, which led pupils in our life studies lessons to explore why and how they should challenge others’ inappropriate behaviour.
Pupils also considered society’s treatment of disabled people, and how the barriers and limitations they face are often created by prejudice, false assumptions and lack of knowledge, rather than by the disability itself.
Cool to be kind
Over in the junior school, children talked about how “it’s cool to be kind”, learned about why it’s good to be different and wore blue (pictured) to show their solidarity with the anti-bullying cause.
Class 4TJ also turned superheroes in their own anti-bullying assembly in which they showed how conquering negativity and jealously helps boost everyone’s self-esteem, self-belief and self-respect.
Random acts of kindness
Kindness was also the focus of our senior school first year pupils’ project, who spent a week carrying out random acts of kindness – and reported back on how their selfless behaviour had such a positive effect on both the recipients and themselves.