Buckinghamshire youngsters become 'Agents for Change' to help reduce bullying
Over 100 nine and ten year old pupils from 27 Buckinghamshire schools have pledged to become Agents for Change to help stamp out bullying in their schools following events held in High Wycombe, Aylesbury and Amersham.
The events were funded by Buckinghamshire County Council and delivered by EqualiTeach, a not-for-profit organisation which promotes equalities in schools. At the events, pupils took part in a series of interactive workshops where they learnt about racism, homophobia and disability-related bullying. The youngsters also devised action plans on what they are going to do in their schools to help tackle the issues. The young people left the days enthused and ready to implement their learning:
"I loved all of it!", "I learnt so much :)", "The day really made me think", "The activities were so much fun", "I'm looking forward to speaking out to stop bullying back in school".
Teachers were similarly enthusiastic: "A fabulous day, enjoyed by all. The agents are very excited to make a change and report back on what they have learnt today" said Millbrook Combined School.
"Excellent workshop, fantastic information, with knowledgeable staff. It focused children's minds and gave them responsibility for this and how they can help" said Great Kingshill School.
Pupils also signed a joint pledge outlining the things they will do to help stop bullying in schools. Everyone left with an Agents for Change badge to let others know that they are there to help others who have experienced bullying.
Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, Mike Appleyard said: “Bullying is a serious issue which can have long-term damaging effects on children’s lives. I really admire the tremendous tenacity of these young pupils and their commitment to tackling bullying wherever it may be happening. Well done to them.”