This workshop is written entirely with the focus being to support pupils - both primary and secondary - in their exploration of the issue of bullying.
We are confident in our knowledge about adolescent minds and processes. We understand the value adolescents place on their peer relationships and how vital and important these are during these years.
We will support students in understanding why a bully may become a bully. We will begin to think about a bully free of this title. In doing this, we are seeking to do two things:
We will explore the theme of power throughout this programme, both from the stance of what makes a bully seem powerful, and how pupils access their powerful selves within this new framework of thinking.
We are offering this workshop to entire year groups and believe it is best delivered to Year 8 students given that they have ‘survived’ their transition from primary to secondary and have begun finding their individual roles within the school and within peer groups. Delivery to Year 8 students will mean they can carry this thinking throughout their school life.
“I now know bullying has a deeper meaning than just hurting someone.”
“It was useful to bring two perspectives to bullying – there are always two sides.”
“We looked at empathy and emotions. That life is not necessarily how it seems to be ...”
A Year 8 teacher says the workshop was:
“very informative - the children were engaged and interacted well. It was useful to see what bullying is from both sides (the bully and the bullied) and how it impacts.”