Antibullying week takes place next week 13th-17th November.  This year, young people chose the theme ‘Make a noise about bullying’.

Research shows that nationally 30% of children and young people have been bullied in the last year alone, 17% having been bullied online and approximately one child in every classroom experience bullying each day. Here in Derby City, the results from the pupils who participated in the last academic year’s Public Health Nursing Survey, The Lancaster Model, showed 48% of year 6 pupils and 41% of year 9 pupils say they have been bullied.

Bullying has a significant impact on a child’s life and this can last well into adulthood with adults who were bullied as children being more likely to:

  • Experience a range of mental health issues
  • Earn less money
  • Be unemployed
  • Be obese
  • Not be in a stable relationship
  • Leave school with no qualifications

93% of young people say that they think Anti-Bullying Week helps raise awareness of bullying and 86% think Anti-Bullying Week helps schools to tackle bullying; so why not get your school involved in raising awareness and promoting anti-bullying week.

The Antibullying Alliance has yet again created lots of resources and tools for schools across the country to use including lesson plans, films, assembly plans and cross curricular ideas all designed around the Anti-Bullying Week annual theme developed with young people.  Resources are tailored for all ages.

Odd Socks Day forms part of the Anti-Bullying Week campaign and takes place on the Monday of Anti-Bullying Week. Fronted by the Anti-Bullying Alliance patron and CBeebies presenter, Andy Day and his band Andy and the Odd Socks, millions of children and adults go to school or work in odd socks to highlight what makes us all unique and help prevent bullying.

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