During Anti-Bullying Week 2019, respectme celebrated the launch of ‘Change Starts With Us’ by holding the first in a series of anti-bullying workshops for schools.
Pupils and staff from twelve surrounding schools came together at Coatbridge High School to learn from each other, share practice and plan their anti-bullying work for the year ahead. The day’s activities were focused around respectme’s ‘Change Starts With Us’ campaign toolkit, and featured a beautiful musical performance, art displays and a poignant drama production from Coatbridge High School.
By the end of the day, attending schools had each developed an anti-bullying plan to take back to their peers. Here are some of those plans and the discussions they sparked…
The Tree of Understanding
Before beginning a campaign, it is important that everyone has the same understanding of the subject. The Tree of Understanding exercise is a great way to spark these discussions and set out a clear picture of an issue.
The trunk of the tree represents the main issue: bullying. The roots represent ‘where bullying comes from’, the branches: ‘what bullying looks like’ and the leaves: ‘the impact bullying has’. After discussing each of these aspects, pupils wrote key words on post-it notes and attached them to a life-sized, papier-mâché tree (provided by Coatbridge High School Art Department). Common words and phrases on the tree included:
Anti-bullying plans for the year
After setting out a clear idea of bullying, pupils worked in their school groups to create an anti-bullying ‘plan’ for the year ahead. Working from guidance in our campaign toolkit, they focused on three central tasks:
‘Change Starts With…’ templates
During lunch, pupils were asked to fill out ‘Change Starts With…’ templates, which aim to spark conversations about the power of small changes. Pupils said Change Starts With…’respect’, ‘kindness’, ‘bravery’, ‘loving yourself and others’, ‘understanding’, ‘confidence’, ‘being a friend’, ‘a conversation’, ‘determination’, and ‘standing up for others’.
Spotlights: sharing your plans
After lunch, pupils were asked to present their elevator pitches to the rest of the attendees. Pupil’s visions included:
And their anti-bullying goals included:
The young people were then given the opportunity to visit different ‘information stations’ to learn more about their favourite ideas from the pitches.
We are now eager to share how these anti-bullying plans are being delivered by the pupils who attended. Keep a look out on the Supporter Story section of our website for updates on how delivery went!
Would you like to hold a #ChangeStartsWithUs Campaign Café at your school or youth group? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.