The effects of bullying can have a massive impact on individuals, whether it happens at school, work, college, socially or online. Get My Grades is taking part in Anti-Bullying Week 2017 to raise awareness of bullying and to promote difference and equality not only in children but in adults too.

Anti-Bullying Week is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and takes place this year from 13th – 17th November and is supported by SafeToNet.

Anti-Bullying Week shines a spotlight on bullying and encourages all children, teachers and parents to take action against bullying throughout the year ahead. The theme this year is ‘All Different, All Equal’.

The movement aims to:

  • Empower children and young people to celebrate what makes them, and others, unique.
  • Help children and young people understand how important it is that every child feels valued and included in school, able to be themselves, without fear of bullying.
  • Encourage parents and carers to work with their school and talk to their children about bullying, difference and equality.
  • Enable teachers and other children’s workforce professionals to celebrate what makes us ‘all different, all equal’ and celebrate difference and equality. Encouraging them to take individual and collective action to prevent bullying, creating safe environments where children can be themselves.

Martha Evans, the national coordinator of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, said: “When we spoke to children, again and again, they told us they wanted Anti-Bullying Week 2017 to focus on celebrating what makes us all unique.

“Being able to express yourself should be every child’s right, free from fear of bullying or ridicule, and yet many children struggle to find that acceptance.”

The Anti-Bullying Alliance has been supporting schools with free activities and lesson and assembly plans to take action against bullying and build safer environments for pupils in the run-up to the Anti-Bullying Week 207.

Pupils can even nominate teachers, support staff and youth workers for the ‘Power for Good’ award, that aims to recognise those who go the extra mile to help young people with issues such as bullying, family life and mental health.

To access the Anti-Bullying Week resources and find out more about the Power for Good award, visit their website here.

Over the course of this week, the Get My Grades Team will be releasing a series of blogs aimed at students, parents and teachers over varying topics, so watch this space!