Anti-Bullying Week ideas for secondary
Resources to help you address the consequences of bullying with your secondary students
Ahead of Anti-Bullying Week, which takes place between 14 - 18 November this year, we’ve rounded up a selection of assemblies and lesson plans to help you "use their power for good" in line with this year’s theme. We’ve even included a few ideas of ways that your school might tackle bullying from a whole-school angle.
For a more general overview of bullying in all its forms, this comprehensive assembly presentation including definitions, statistics and examples from the news can be easily adapted to suit all year groups. This well-presented assembly plan looks specifically at cyberbullying, its effects on young people and ways in which to deal with it.
Why not get your students involved in spreading the word? This detailed script includes links to complementary short films, whilst this innovative presentation features an interesting story about Socrates and his dealings with vicious rumours.
Discuss bullying as an important part of a more general topic on staying safe with this complete scheme of work, including resources*. Or try this focused three-lesson unit of work, which familiarises students with the definition of bullying, its causes and its consequences, before developing feelings of empathy through role-play.
This simple set of chat cards is a great way to start a conversation about bullying with your class. Meaningful discussion can also be fostered through film and this informative guide, with suggestions for relevant films and activities, does just that. This thought-provoking presentation on cyberbullying includes videos and discussion points to support students in their understanding of staying safe online.
Challenge your pupils with the task of creating a product to educate others about bullying by first encouraging them to become ‘experts’ on the subject in this original webquest project*. Alternatively, get learners to design an educative anti-bullying poster using this useful guide, which includes ideas on presentation and the use of command words to make it as effective as possible.
Whole-school hints and tips
In this short video, TES behaviour advisor, Tom Bennett, suggests that one of the ways to tackle bullying in schools is to create a culture that deters it. One way to communicate this to staff, students and parents alike is by writing and maintaining an up-to-date anti-bullying policy. This behaviour policy guide offers a few suggestions on how this might be achieved.
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For videos on specific types of bullying and more ideas on how to stamp out bullying in your school, take a look at our anti-bullying collection.
This post was originally published on 2 November 2015, and was refreshed on 14 November 2016.