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Best foot forward in keeping school bully free

Published on 27/11/18

Odd Socks Day is a lot of fun … with a serious point about beating the bullies

Orchard School has very clear policy on uniform – but for one day this term, the rules on socks were put to one side.

Students were encouraged to wear brightly coloured odd socks, inspired by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, to mark anti-bullying week and around 40 from all years took part.

It was a lot of fun, but there is also a serious point with the event helping students raise awareness.

Recently it was revealed Orchard School had been awarded a Gold Award from the ABA to mark the work done at the school in this area.

Mr O’Donovan has helped create a group of students who act as go-betweens between staff and students, helping if there is a problem and reporting back.

As a result, the school now has tried and tested methods of dealing with issues, including staff and some students wearing distinctive ‘apple’ badges which show they have had some training in dealing with bullying.

Mr O’Donovan said: “Orchard School is leading the way in tacking this problem, which sadly sometimes happens at all schools. As a result of their efforts, our students know about the impact of bullying and all students know what do on the rare occasions there is an incident.”

The ABA is a coalition of organisations and individuals, working together to achieve their vision to stop bullying and create safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.

The ABA has three main areas of work:

·       Supporting learning and sharing best practice through membership;

·       Raising awareness of bullying through Anti-Bullying Week and other coordinated, shared campaigns;

·        Delivering programme work at a national and local level to help stop bullying and bring lasting change to children's lives;