The Diana Award comes to Pool

Anti-bullying ambassadors are ready to roll.

Brought together a year ago, our anti-bullying ambassadors have already become part of what we do here. However, we needed to empower them to take charge of the change they want to see and be in the world.

While Pool Academy students report significantly less bullying than their peers across the country (Diana Award), no school can be complacent about bullying. As a result, we have joined forces with The Diana Award - a national anti-bullying charity - to provide our ambassadors with the best training and ongoing support.

Our trainer, Jake, worked with around 40 of our anti-bullying ambassadors to explore all the elements of bullying and put together a plan of action that places our students at the heart of our campaign.

Here are just some of the things coming at us this academic year:

  • All year groups: The Haven - a social space manned by anti-bullying ambassadors during student time.

  • Year 7: online bullying poster campaign

  • Year 9: ‘See it. Stop it. Report it.’ film festival

  • Year 10: Anti-bullying ‘Spitting Bars’ competition

Year 8 are meeting next week to forward their plan.

Their training has given them the confidence to lead against bullying across the academy.

Our SENDCo, Rachel Facey said “We really want our students taking the lead here. We need to harness ‘peer power’ to create a culture where incidents of bullying are dealt with quickly, and those who bully are given the skills they need to choose a different approach. Working with with Diana Award is just one way we are making this happen.”

Our Anti-bullying team will receive ongoing support from the Diana Award, gain certificates rewarding their action plans, and be in the running for the prestigious National Diana Award.

Christiana Richardson