A number of 24 schools in the county won gold, silver and bronze awards this year. (Featured photo credit: Pixabay)

Schools in Nottinghamshire have been recognised for their success battling bullying.

A total of 82 institutions across Nottinghamshire have been given awards by the All Together United Against Bullying project.

The initiative was launched by Anti Bullying Alliance and funded by the Department of Education.

Following this, 24 schools in the county won gold, silver and bronze awards this year.

Programmes in earlier years aimed to stop bullying of disabled children and those with special educational needs, but now the initiative aims to tackle bullying of all children and young people.

This year’s winners submitted the results of their work in March, just before schools were required to close due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

The awards reflect the hard work and commitment of staff, students, parents and carers to prevent bullying and to develop procedures to deal with incidents quickly and effectively if they occur.

Lorna Naylor, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Tackling Emerging Threats to Children Team (TETC), said: “I am really proud of the schools in Nottinghamshire who entered this scheme, which involved a lot of hard work on their part, filling in self-assessments and developing action plans to work through, to make sure they were able to develop their school’s practice and procedures around bullying.”

The whole process took about a year to complete, with the programme focusing on clear outcomes and evidence of success. Schoolchildren were asked to fill in wellbeing surveys before and after the project, to measure improvement.

Abbey Road Primary School, in West Bridgford, is a previous winner of the gold award. The school made a video with the Anti-Bullying Alliance about their journey to becoming an All Together School:

Julia Wallace, Headteacher at Dunham-on-Trent Church of England Primary School, which won a gold award, said:

“The All Together Programme has inspired our anti-bullying champions to lead the whole school in learning about empathy and respect, and this Gold award is dedicated to them – Olivia, Max, Charlie, Chelsea and Abbey – we’re so proud of you!”

Jess Scott, Headteacher at Larkfields Junior School, also a gold award winner, said:

“The Anti Bullying Alliance award is fantastic. It has allowed us to really focus on what we could do to further improve our systems and outcomes for young people.

“The programme has enabled us to really look at areas for improvement and then plan and implement actions. The pupils have enjoyed playing their part and we have seen a reduction in issues around pupils being unkind and for the pupils to be able to problem solve solutions.”

Councillor Philip Owen, Children and Young people’s Committee Chairman, said: “I would like to congratulate every school who has received an award for their anti-bullying programme.

“Bullying and mistreatment of children or young people is completely unacceptable and should not be tolerated, whether it is against disabled children and those with special educational needs, or anyone else.

“By taking practical steps, developing proper processes, and getting everyone on board, schools have shown how this problem can be effectively dealt with.”

To see the full list of all the schools in Nottinghamshire that have been awarded, click here.