Fulneck leading the way with anti-bullying training intiative

A PRIVATE school’s successful anti-bullying programme has led to it being being chosen to host a major training event for young people from across Yorkshire.

Fulneck School, in Pudsey, has been selected to host one of the 2013 Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programmes, which were set up in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.

The Diana Award was founded in 1999 by the Government to act as a lasting legacy and so far it has given almost 40,000 young people from across the UK special recognition through its award schemes.

Currently running in more than 600 primary and secondary schools, the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme trains young people across the country to work in both their schools and their communities.

Fulneck’s anti-bullying training day – taking place on Tuesday, March 19 – will bring together young people from primary and secondary schools across the region.

Fulneck Junior School’s head of pastoral care, Angharad Garner, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to host one of these important training days.

“Last November, we ran a series of events exploring the causes of bullying which culminated with a fashion show to help the children develop confidence, self-motivation and self-esteem via a catwalk experience.

“For this event in March, Fulneck pupils will be joined by students from a host of Leeds schools. The participants will be given practical ideas and top tips about how to stop bullying and make their schools and communities safer places for themselves and their friends.”

The school said young people will be asked to exchange ideas and share effective ways of dealing with bullying.

As ambassadors, they will leave with an action plan aimed at helping them to prevent bullying and ensure everyone feels safe in their school.