Shireland Collegiate Academy welcomed secondary schools from across the West Midlands for an inspirational one-day anti-bullying training session, facilitated by The Diana Award.
Available to schools across the UK, the free programme sees qualified trainers teaching and empowering young people to become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.
Working alongside their teachers, students learnt about the types of bullying and the scenarios that can occur, both face-to-face and online. They then worked to develop the skills, resources and support needed to help them actively challenge attitudes towards bullying and how to support fellow peers in their school community.
At the end of their training, students created an action plan with teachers on how they can approach issues of bullying that may arise in their schools, fully committing themselves to the role of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.
The programme’s sustainable and strong peer-to-peer focused approach to anti-bullying work has gained world-class recognition and reputation, placing the scheme and its ambassador schools at the forefront of positive change across the UK and beyond.
Moira Green, Principal at Shireland Collegiate Academy, said: “We were very proud and privileged to have hosted the anti-bullying training programme at our school with The Diana Award.
Our students, now proud Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, stand as role models, showcasing resilience, empathy and leadership within our school community. This experience went beyond skill-building, fostering compassionate advocates who actively help us to nurture a positive and inclusive school culture, where everyone feels safe, happy and valued.”
Supported by HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Sussex, The Diana Award was founded as a lasting legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales. The charity aims to foster, develop and inspire positive change in the lives of young people through a range of programmes and mentoring, including the youth-led Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme.
The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme has currently trained over 50,000 young people across the UK to lead anti-bullying campaigns in their schools.
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