Support for Merton students to stamp out bullying

Students across the London Borough of Merton are taking a stand against bullies.

As part of Anti-Bullying Week from 19-25 November, pupils will be involved in special activities to promote safety and well-being inside and outside the classroom.

Many schools in the borough will be holding peer support exercises, poetry and song writing and special assemblies for children.

The national campaign attracts attention to the problem some students face and highlights what can be done to help.

Cabinet member for School Standards and Youth Engagement, Councillor Oonagh Moulton, says: “Teachers, parents and students work together to ensure people feel safe in schools in the London Borough of Merton. Public attention will be drawn to the issue during Anti-Bullying Week, but there is an ongoing campaign to stop anti-social behaviour. The health and well-being of students is always our key concern.”

Finding ways to tackle bullying will also be highlighted at a multi-agency conference being held on 21 November at the Chaucer Centre in Morden from 9am.

Dave Hill, Director of the Children, Schools and Families department at Merton Council will open the discussion, followed by John Quinn, who is the head of the national organisation, Beatbullying.

A range of activities and workshops will also give adults and young people the chance to work together to address bullying issues.


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