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Anti-bullying

Hertfordshire has repeatedly received regional and national recognition for its high‑quality and varied anti-bullying support programme. Most recently, the work supporting schools on anti-homophobia and supporting LGBT young people has received two national awards. Herts for Learning offers a range of innovative support, training and consultancy to help schools prevent and respond to bullying and to build a school culture where positive relationships lead to improved outcomes.

Anti-bullying accreditation

This kitemark for best practice in anti-bullying supports schools in improving the effectiveness of their anti-bullying practice and celebrates their progress, as a whole community, toward preventing bullying and reducing hurtful behaviour and pupil vulnerability. The programme requires schools to maintain high‑quality and responsive anti‑bullying policy and procedures, in line with DfE guidance, Ofsted judgements and legal requirements.

Participation in Herts for Learning’s anti-bullying accreditation will:

  • ensure the school is complying with all relevant legal requirements, including equalities duties and the delivery of British Values and Prevent
  • support active school self-evaluation, in preparation for Ofsted inspection
  • provide quality indicators for improving anti‑bullying policy and practice
  • support the improvement of pupil and parent engagement in delivering effective anti‑bullying practice

Accreditation is valid for three years.

Secondary

Anti-bullying support includes:

  • Half/whole‑day anti-bullying review
    A review of the school, followed by a written report confirming observed strengths and areas for development.
  • Development day: pupil engagement in anti-bullying
    A combined consultancy and training package, this support combines work with pupils and a staff INSET or briefing. It includes training for targeted pupils to equip them to take leadership roles as anti-bullying change and development ambassadors; consultancy for the staff anti-bullying lead on enhancement of whole school strategies for pupil engagement; reducing peer pressure; developing resilience; and increasing confidence in the school to deal with issues. It also includes training or consultancy for a staff group, e.g. pastoral heads, on incident responses to meet Ofsted requirements and how to increase pupil resilience and confidence.
  • Peer mentor training
    Herts for Learning has, since 2005, been training pupils in Hertfordshire schools to become effective peer mentors. The programme delivers a half-day basic training package, for up to 40 pupils, that will equip them to begin their role as a peer mentor. In addition, the package includes a same-day briefing with the lead teacher about effective roll-out of the initiative, and follow-up training that will maintain and enhance mentor skills and abilities.

Primary

Anti-bullying support includes:

  • Half/whole‑day anti-bullying review
    A review of the school or academy, followed by a written report confirming observed strengths and areas for development.
  • Parent session – supporting your child with relationships at school
    Designed to support parents to better understand how schools and academies work to prevent and deal with bullying.
  • Peer mediator training
    The programme delivers a half‑day basic training package, for up to 30 pupils, that will equip them to begin their role as apeer mediator.
  • Playground buddy training
    The programme delivers a half‑day basic training package, for up to 30 pupils, that will equip them to begin their role as playground buddies.
  • Effective playground supervision
    Developed to enhance the skills of staff who supervise at lunch and playtime, in responding to pupils’ concerns, and both supporting them and encouraging them to resolve their problems age‑appropriately.

For further information on all Herts for Learning’s school improvement consultancy and advisory services, call 01438 845111 or email info@hertsforlearning.co.uk.

 

What they are saying
Anti bullying policy review surgery session ‘So useful to have time to consider in detail and depth important policy documents, to review practices and implementation and the school’s impact in carrying them out.’

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