Following a consultation with over 800 children, teachers and members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, it emerged that a top priority was showing that bullying is a behaviour choice, and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online.
The aims of the week were to support schools and other settings to help children and young people, school staff, parents and other professionals who work with children to understand:
The definition of respect
That bullying is a behaviour choice
That we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don’t have to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to respect each other
That we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online
At Alfriston, pupils have discussed these issues in their PSHE lessons and many have worked on producing their own Choose Respect posters.
We started off the week with Friendship Friday when we invited pupils to check with a friend what their favourite fruit was and submit an order form for that fruit. A week later we enjoyed Fruity Friday when older pupils had made up a fruit basket for each pastoral group based on the orders received.
When all the posters have been completed and handed in, they will be made up into a booklet to be displayed in our reception area and the message of Choose Respect will be reiterated throughout the year.