Emotional Health & Wellbeing

Anti-Bullying Week 2021

Toolkits from Anna Freud Learning Network

Anti-Bullying Week is taking place from 15th to 19th November 2021, and the theme for this year is 'one kind word'.

Bullying can have long-lasting effects on children’s mental health, and the effects may be cyclical.

Young people who have experienced bullying are more likely to experience mental health issues, and those who have mental health issues are more likely to be bullied.

While it’s vital that the whole school or college community takes an active anti-bullying stance all year round, Anti-Bullying Week provides a good opportunity to emphasise that stance to students, parents and carers and staff. The Anna Freud, anti-bullying toolkit can be downloaded here.

The anti-bullying alliance are offering support:

      The theme of the week will be ‘one kind word’ - more details here.         

All Together Schools, This campaign is currently closed. The anti-bullying alliance received funding from the Department for Education to continue to provide the evidence based whole school anti-bullying programme, All Together, which has been shown to reduce bullying and improve wellbeing. Find out more and express interest in future programmes.

This report from the Education Endowment Foundation on 'Improving Behaviour in School' argues that bullying can be reduced through a number of approaches, such as:

  • Effective classroom management
  • Children and young people being influenced by their peer networks and motivated by social justice 
  • Positive teacher-pupil relationships, using Carol Dweck's research on "growth mindsets".

And that these levers can be more powerful than sanction based approaches.

Stop, Speak, Support campaign

This campaign from 2018 is aimed at 11–18 year old bystanders in online bullying situations, with a supporting campaign for parents. The campaign highlights three simple steps that bystanders can take if they witness bullying – Stop, Speak, Support. More details, including a school support pack can be downloaded.

Advice for parents, who would like to reinforce the code's messages, can be found on the NSPCC website                          

Promoting Positive Transition 

The presentation has been created by Swindon Education Psychologists, to support you and the young people of Swindon have a positive return to school after the Covid19 pandemic.

Mental Health Award for Swindon Schools

Healthy Schools has designed, developed and launched a 'Mental Health Award' for Swindon schools.The award aims to reduce mental health stigma at a whole school level and at targetted level. It supports health and wellbeing of staff and pupils, provides relevant and appropriate training for staff to recognise the need and implement support strategies for young people.

10 Swindon schools have now completed this document, if more schools continue to complete this award, we can analyse and implement  the needs and support rwquired  to improve Swindon's young peoples Mental Health.

Body Confidence Campaign Toolkit for Schools

There are numerous programmes to support schools in delivering and promoting self image and confidence for young people, but we have a free resource that schools can access direct from the Healthy schools website in the resources section, (under schemes of work). Be Real campaign have launched Body Confidence Camapaign Toolkit for Secondary schools. The toolkit is designed with resources to use across 11-16year old age range. The toolkit is supported by a research paper 'Somebody like me' from the YMCA who surveyed 2,000 young people and 300 teachers.

Schools can be awarded with  the Be Real Campaign, school badge for their support and commitment to the programme by downloading the kit from: http://www.berealcampaign.co.uk/schools and share their story.

Charlie Waller Menorial Trust (from 2015) School Mental Health Network

Following a succesful bid to Health Education England (Health EducationInnovation Fund) the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust is able to support schools in Wiltshire and Swindon with a programme of mental health training and support.The purpose of this project is the development for pastoral staff in identifying and supporting issues of mental health problems, providing suport between appointments, using basic therapy skills.

Click link to learn more about the  weekly online sessions

The Childhood Bereavement Network (CBN)

The Childhood Bereavement Network (CBN) is a national, multi-professional federation of organisations and individuals working with bereaved children and young people. It involves and is actively supported by all the major bereavement care providers in the UK.  Mission: The Childhood Bereavement Network 'seeks to ensure that all children and young people in the UK, together with their families and other caregivers, including professional carers, can easily access a choice of high-quality local and national information, guidance and support to enable them to manage the impact of death on their lives.'

SHEU

Students Health Education Unit (SHEU), provides lifestyle surveys. The core of their survey work is the Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire (HRBQ) survey method, which has been used by secondary schools for over 30 years, by primary schools and, more recently, in FE & 6th Form Colleges. These surveys produce a detailed profile of young people's life at home, at school/college, and with their friends. This information is then used by health authorities to inform health needs assessment and health care planning, and by schools/colleges to promote health education programmes, as well as in class work across the curriculum. To date, SHEU has supported thousands of health-related behaviour surveys involving over a million young people.

YoungMinds

YoungMinds is the UK's only national charity committed to improving the mental health and emotional well-being of all children and young people. Visit their website for futher information and resources.

Stonewall

Stonewall was founded in 1989 by a small group of women and men who had been active in the struggle against  Section 28 of the Local Government Act.

Section 28 was an offensive piece of legislation designed to prevent the so-called 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools; as well as stigmatising gay people it also galvanised the gay community.

The aim from the outset was to create a professional lobbying group that would prevent such attacks on lesbians, gay men and bisexuals from ever occurring again. Stonewall has subsequently put the case for equality on the mainstream political agenda by winning support within all the main political parties and now has offices in England, Scotland and Wales.