Students lead the way to beat the bullies

Dr Jennifer Vescey, who awards anti-bullying status to schools on behalf of Northumberland County Council, presents the accolade to KEVI students, from left, Amy Prescott, Kate Charlton, Rebecca Fisher and Danielle Mavin.
Dr Jennifer Vescey, who awards anti-bullying status to schools on behalf of Northumberland County Council, presents the accolade to KEVI students, from left, Amy Prescott, Kate Charlton, Rebecca Fisher and Danielle Mavin.

A TEAM of Morpeth high school students are working with a national charity to help beat the bullies.

In December, Year 10 student Danielle Mavin and Year 13 Student Voice Ambassadors Rebecca Fisher and Kate Charlton attended training led by the Diana Award organisation in Gateshead.

They are now officially Diana Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and will train and spearhead other students in school who wish to work closely with each other to develop anti-bullying strategies in school.

This has helped King Edward VI School to once again receive Northumberland County Council’s Anti-Bullying status.

The trio met students from other schools at the training day and they discussed a range of ideas to encourage co-operation and an open environment.

An auction of promises, random acts of kindness and one-to-one mentoring – where pupils can come to talk them about any of the issues they are having in school so they can be resolved quickly and appropriately – are the measures they are looking to introduce, along with an internal school web page.

Kate Charlton said: “Throughout the training we learned about the techniques needed to deliver a good speech to an audience in order to help us gain more help in our schools to stop bullying. It was very enjoyable and we met lots of lovely, inspiring people from other schools who helped to provide us with invaluable ideas to come away with.

“For the acts of kindness, we want to have one day when people are encouraged to go around school and the community doing random good things for each other.

“This will also help our link with the community and overcome any prejudiced ideas some residents in Morpeth may have about pupils, especially in and around the busy bus station.

“And having an auction of promises means we can raise money for a charity or for the school at the same time.”

Fellow KEVI students Amy Prescott, Philippa Goode, Chloe Smith, Jasmine Bradwell and Rachael Charlton are currently undergoing training.