On Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th November 2023, over 150 students took part in anti-bullying ambassadors training sessions run by The Diana Award and hosted by Royal High School Bath GDST.
On Tuesday Year 9, 10 and 11 students from nine secondary schools, both independent and state, while Wednesday was the turn of Year 3, 4 and 5 pupils from five primary schools. On both days, the students worked together and talked about what bullying means, the different forms it can take – face-to-face and online – as well as how to go about stopping bullying altogether.
Tackling bullying behaviour head on
The purpose of the ambassador training was to help the young people taking part to acquire and develop vital skills, as well as to build their confidence and ability, in helping change the attitudes and behaviours of bullying in their schools.
Facilitators from the Diana Awards’ Anti-Bullying Ambassador Programme offered advice and guidance on how to create a safer, kinder school community, online and offline. At the end of the day’s training, the pupils left feeling more confident, better equipped and more committed to taking on their roles as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.
Commenting on the training, Hannah Morton, Senior Teacher Pastoral at Royal High School Bath, said: “We are very proud to be part of this programme and were delighted to host this year’s training sessions. The facilitators were fantastic and worked really well with the students who themselves were very engaged and passionate about the issues discussed.
“Young people have the power to change the world for the better, something which we also strongly promote and believe in here at Royal High School Bath.” — Hannah Morton, Senior Teacher Pastoral at Royal High School Bath
“In our group, we talked a lot about kindness, respect and inclusivity – all strong values here at Royal High School Bath, and our students recognise how important and valuable they are to ensure our school continues to be a place where everyone can be themselves, enjoy learning and spending time with their friends without fear or anxiety about bullying. Underpinning The Diana Award is the belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better, something which we also strongly promote and believe in here at Royal High School Bath, so for us it was totally fitting that we were able to host this event.”
The Diana Award’s Anti-Bullying Ambassador Programme
The Diana Award’s Anti-Bullying Ambassador Programme is freely available to schools across the UK, and is youth-led with a strong peer-to-peer focus. As a result of the training, students gained the skills and confidence to become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors to tackle bullying in their schools long after the training has finished. The Diana Award’s anti-bullying work is recognised as world-class thanks to this sustainable approach. Find out more about The Diana Award – Anti Bullying.
Outreach and Partnerships at GDST
The Diana Awards’ Anti-Bullying Ambassador Programme were hosted at Royal High School Bath, which is part of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) – a family of 25 all girls schools. At the GDST, we highly value collaborative work with schools across our network and we are involved in a range of formal and informal partnerships with all types of schools and charities.Learn more about Outreach and Partnerships at GDST