Schools proud to earn anti-bullying awards

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Special awards have been presented to five schools in the Harborough district to mark their commitment to tackling bullying.

Leicestershire County Council has given charter marks to schools which demonstrated that anti-bullying work is carried out throughout the year.

Ridgeway and Lubenham primary schools in the Harborough area and Sherrier, John Wycliffe and Claybrooke from the Lutterworth area all earned the charter mark.

Anti-bullying work included involving students and parents in reviewing policies, giving pupils the chance to lead projects and showing that the subject is incorporated into lessons.

Since the council’s Beyond Bullying Awards were launched four years ago, more than 70 schools across Leicestershire have received the accreditation.

Teachers and pupils gathered at the National Space Centre in Leicester on July 1 to receive certificates.

A total of 18 county schools got awards this year.

Ridgeway Primary is one of the first schools in Leicestershire to have successfully renewed the award that it first received in 2011.

All the Harborough area schools said they were very proud to receive the certificates.

The county council’s cabinet member for children and families Ivan Ould said: “The Beyond Bullying Award is a great way for schools to prove their commitment to reducing bullying.

“I’m delighted that so many schools have achieved the accolade and created an environment where all members of the school community feel welcome, valued and safe.”

The council’s anti-bullying team works with schools to equip them with the skills and approaches to tackle bullying.