Anti-Bullying Training Experience 08.11.22
On Tuesday 8 November 2022, our Wellbeing Ambassadors completed the Anti-Bullying Ambassador Training Programme, run by the Diana Award.
Supported by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign engages young people, parents and teachers to change the attitudes, behaviour and culture of bullying by building skills and confidence to address different situations, both online and offline.
The Anti-Bullying Ambassador Programme is all about equipping pupils with the tools needed to tackle bullying behaviour head on and support our school’s approach to anti-bullying. The idea is that this will help to continue to promote a safe, kind school community at Warwick Prep.
The Programme is pupil-led, and our newly trained pupils will be leading our anti-bullying campaign as ‘Wellbeing Ambassadors’. We have decided upon the name of ‘Wellbeing Ambassadors’ as we want their role to be all encompassing when it comes to pupils social, emotional, physical and mental health.
The Anti-Bullying Ambassador Training Programme was simply amazing. Our pupils left the training feeling truly inspired and ready to take on their role as Wellbeing Ambassadors for Warwick Prep.
Huge congratulations to Katherine, Zoe, Cara, Penelope, Maggie, Khadeejah, Shan, Ayla, Kylie, Sophia and Eleanor on their appointment to Wellbeing Ambassador. We very much look forward to seeing them grow and flourish in their new role.
What were our thoughts on our training experience?
Being trained to be a Wellbeing Ambassador was quite an experience. I learnt the key aspects of bullying behaviour, how bullying is repetitive, negative and intentional. I liked how they got us to remember VIP which stands for verbal, indirect and physical. I learnt about the types of pupils who could be there when someone is experiencing bullying behaviour, which are bystanders, upstanders, targets and perpetrators. I learnt about two boys Kevin and George who were bullied in primary school and how George ran a campaign with his family to raise money for a hospital which saved the life of his brother. I also learnt the impact that bullying can have on pupils. This made me quite sad but ready for the challenge to change such behaviour.
The training was just great and the training books we were provided have really helped me, I know exactly what to do and I know if some is actually being bullied, I feel confident that I could support them. I believe in the quote, “Happiness is the best kind of trade and bullying is the worst kind”. In a world where we can be anything, we should all be kind. I am here to support any pupils at Warwick Prep who need my help with dealing with friendship issues, bullying behaviours and obviously, pupils who bully also need support. My motto is, "Treat people how you want to be treated". I want to stop bullying for good, especially now that I know how it makes the targeted person truly feel.
I found the Anti-Bullying Training very powerful and inspirational. I found out about the actual role of the Wellbeing Ambassador, understanding the different types of bullying behaviour and signs and symptoms of those experiencing bullying behaviour. I enjoyed working with all the Wellbeing Ambassadors and think that we are going to make a great team. I learnt that as Wellbeing Ambassadors, we have four badges to work towards achieving for our whole school with their help – the community action badge, the online safety badge, the respect badge and the wellbeing badge. We can’t wait to share with everyone in our school community our plans for achieving our first badge which will be the respect badge.
The training was amazing. I learnt, don’t be a bystander, be an upstander. I also have learnt about VIP types of bullying – verbal, indirect and physical.
The training has helped me how to identify an upset or person experiencing bullying behaviour. Examples of things I need to look out for are; pupils alone at breaktime, pupils with hunched shoulders, looking upset, worried. Pupils not making eye contact, looking downwards. I understand that bullying is repetitive, negative behaviour towards another person, and it makes the targeted person uncomfortable, sad, lonely, scared and perhaps withdrawn. I learnt that there are different types of bullying like cyber-bullying, verbal bullying and physical bullying.
My intention is to always be kind and appreciate others, try to understand each other’s point of view and learn to get along, even if you don’t agree with the other persons views.
In my opinion, I think that the Diana Award training helped me to understand that every mean, unkind, hurtful act is bullying. It also has to be repetitive. The training helped me start my journey as a Wellbeing Ambassador at Warwick Prep. It has helped me further my knowledge on the three types of bullying behaviour which are verbal, indirect and physical. In addition, I believe that the training has helped me have a clearer understanding of the term ‘reach out’ which means looking out and supporting each other, making the school environment a happier and safer community to be a part of. I realised immediately what an important role this is and felt very honoured to be a part of the programme.
During the training, I learnt how to spot bullying behaviour and how to stop it. I think everybody in our school should be an upstander and if they see someone experiencing bullying behaviour, this is what they should do: report the behaviour to a trusted adult in school, help and protect the child who is being bullied, listen to them, encourage them to seek support. Nobody should be a bystander, which means they take no action to address bullying behaviour they are aware of or report the situation that is going on. There is going to be an impact on children who are bullied. There are signs we have been trained to spot; children alone in free time, play time, lunchtime, no one playing with them, children looking sad, crying, hiding. Children who are experiencing bullying behaviour won’t be looking forward to going to school anymore and this can lead to them not wanting to learn in lessons. To make Warwick Prep a happier, caring place to be, we can have lots of fun in spreading the message of being an upstander, hold events as Wellbeing Ambassadors, we can campaign and raise money for the Diana Award and raise awareness for those who are going through a tough time.
On 8 November, we went to Warwick Junior School to do our Diana Award training. Bullying behaviour is something that is repeated, negative behaviour that is intended to make others feel upset, uncomfortable and unsafe. There isn’t just one type of bullying, there are three. To remember the three types we learnt: VIP - this stands for verbal, indirect and physical. With indirect, there’s quite a variation. It could be rumours, whispers or social media, while gaming and isolating people. Some signs that someone is being bullied are: crying, not talking, off school a lot, change in school performance and not eating. The training has made me feel confident in being an upstander and know how to report bullying behaviours on behalf of others.
I loved the Diana Award training because it gave us the chance to learn about how to help with anti-bullying such as racism, physical, mental and body-shaming. We used fun exercises to learn about diversity and how to help. It has prepared me a lot for being a Wellbeing Ambassador at Warwick Prep. It has also prepared me to create, help and run anti-bullying and racism campaigns. I believe that I am now able to make a real difference at Warwick Prep, making it an even better and safer space for everyone and anyone.
I loved doing the training with the Diana Award team and I learnt so many new things like VIP, which stands for verbal, indirect and physical, also SAD which stands for, Say – thank you, Ask – what has been going on and Do – what would you like to do about it? The training has definitely prepared me and I can’t wait to get started in my role.
I really enjoyed the Wellbeing Ambassador training day. We began with a few games and an activity to get to know each other it was a lot of fun. Following this, we talked about what bystanders and upstanders are. Bystanders are those who watch the situation, and upstanders are those who stand up for the victim. However, standing up for the receiver of the bullying isn’t always easy. This then led us to learn about the best way to intervene into a situation while making sure we keep ourselves safe. The bit I enjoyed the most was the campaign section of the day. We were very inspired by a video showing the work taking place at another school. As a group we came up with many ideas including a rainbow fun run to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. It was a jam-packed, fun-filled day that readied me for my Wellbeing Ambassador journey.
I had a lot of fun at training. We learnt how to identify bullying and how to handle it. To identify bullying behaviour, it has to be verbal, indirect and physical or you can call it VIP. It has to be repeated, negative and indirect. We did lots of interactive work with other schools on the training day. We had some scenarios to work through and we had to identify if it was bullying or not. I think the training has prepared me for the role of Wellbeing Ambassador because I know a lot more about bullying behaviour, and how to recognise it and a variety of bullying behaviours.