Northamptonshire schools prove they are preventing bullying and supporting victims with accreditation

'The initiative is a great opportunity for schools to improve their wellbeing'

By Jack Duggan
Tuesday, 8th September 2020, 11:41 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th September 2020, 11:50 am

A total of 27 schools in Northamptonshire have proved they are doing everything they can to prevent bullying and support victims after receiving an accreditation.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) and Northamptonshire County Council's All Together online programme aims to help every school in the county by training staff to become leaders in anti-bullying practises.

The schools to receive the accreditation are Briar Hill Primary School in Northampton, Bridgewater Primary in Northampton, Compass Primary in Kettering, Corby Technical, Grange Primary in Kettering, Greens Norton Primary, Irthlingborough Junior, Irthlingborough Nursery and Infant, Kingsthorpe College, Oakway Primary in Wellingborough, Rushden Academy, The Bliss Charity School in Nether Heyford, The Ferrers in Higham Ferrers, Trinity Primary in Kettering, and Wollaston Primary and Secondary.

Campion School and Language College in Bugbrooke received the gold accreditation in the Anti-Bullying Alliance and Northamptonshire County Council's All Together online programme. Photo: Google

Campion School and Language College in Bugbrooke was awarded a gold accreditation in March and its safeguarding lead, Steve King, said: “The ABA award process was really helpful to us to look at our anti-bullying work to date.

"It helped us realised we did a lot, but there was more we could do. The student survey was very powerful as was the involvement of governors and parents.

"Having now achieved the gold award, I am proud our work has been recognised and thoroughly recommend the programme.”

This year’s programme will take place virtually and includes a school transformation plan to improve student wellbeing, with a special focus on reducing bullying of disabled children and those with special educational needs.

The council's online safety officer, Simon Aston, said: “The initiative is a great opportunity for schools to improve their wellbeing and take a look at their current anti-bullying practise with an outlook to instil important long-term change.

“Schools will gain access to an online hub where they can communicate with parents, review anti-bullying practises, and create an action plan that is tailored to their needs.”

Training workshops are running across Northamptonshire during September. For more information or to take part, email [email protected]