Anti Bullying Week 2022

14 – 18 November

Anti-Bullying Week 2022 is coordinated in England and Wales by the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

It will take place from 14 to 18 November 2022 and has the theme Reach Out.

The week will kick off with Odd Socks Day on Monday 14th November, where adults and children wear odd socks to celebrate what makes us all unique.

Here at New Heights School KS3 we tackle bullying as soon as we are aware of it.  We use restorative practices, raise awareness of the impact of bullying, and recognise there are sometimes reasons behind the choice to bully. 

We raise awareness through our Relationships for Learning programme of study which incorporates the compulsory units of Relationships Sex and Health Education (RSHE). We focus on having empathy for others, and understanding the impact bullying can have on people.

Learning to understand and manage conflict is an important part of growing up. Bullying is not simply a ‘falling out’. 

Here is the definition of bullying:

Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face-to-face or online.

Research shows that experiencing bullying can have a significant impact on a child’s life well into adulthood. To ensure we are able to prevent bullying, we all should act quickly when it takes place and avoid misidentifying bullying. It is vital that schools and other settings have a shared definition of bullying. This should be understood by the whole school or setting including parents, young people and all staff.

This year’s focus for Anti-Bullying week is “Reach Out”. We will be doing activities to raise awareness of the importance of talking to people if you are experiencing bullying.  Our first activity will be an ‘Odd Sock Day’ on Monday 14 November.  We hope our children join our staff on this awareness day.

These 2 videos provide an introduction to this year’s focus: