Academy holds day looking at the effects of bullying

Guest speaker  Jerry Tucker, head of Acorn School, who gave a moving presentation about the most extreme results of bullying and how other people are affected by the actions of bullies. EMN-140611-174128001
Guest speaker Jerry Tucker, head of Acorn School, who gave a moving presentation about the most extreme results of bullying and how other people are affected by the actions of bullies. EMN-140611-174128001

Sir William Robertson Academy at Welbourn has held an anti-bullying day helping pupils understand the forms it can take and its effects.

School pupils and staff joined together to raise awareness of the issue of bullying.

Pupils took part in a variety of workshops in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the concept and its various forms, such as the growing concern surrounding cyber bullying of young people.

With more and more young people spending so much of their time on line it is seen as vital to educate them on the dangers of online abuse and harassment.

Guest speakers included Jerry Tucker, Head of Acorn School, who gave a moving presentation about the most extreme results of bullying and how other people are affected by the actions of bullies. He gave an insight into how bullying can affect a person’s mental and physical health using photographs and real life stories, which generated an emotional response from some of the young audience. Pupils found it hard to believe how unkind people could be and it opened everyone’s eyes to the extreme results of bullying.

They also learned it is not just children who bully others, but it also occurs in the workplace between adults.

Deputy head teacher Steve Grant, who organised the day, spoke to sixth-form pupils about internet safety.

He commented: “We are passionate about all our children feeling safe and happy in school. All young people need to know there is always something that can be done to make it stop.

“We are exceptionally lucky that bullying is rare at Sir William Robertson Academy.We would take any instances very seriously.”