Oasis Academy Fir Vale is showing its proactive commitment to minimising the risk of bullying by implementing a scheme where pupils help deliver the training that makes their school a happy and safe place to grow and learn.
Using the Anti-Bullying Ambassador Programme known as ‘The Diana Award’ (after Princess Diana), the young people at Oasis Academy Fir Vale receive training to become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors in their school and community. The pupils get support, top tips, advice and inspiration to prevent bullying and ensure everyone feels safe and happy in their school. The ambassadors celebrate their anti-bullying work and share good practice throughout the year.
Pupils at Fir Vale received their training in March and there are now thirty student ambassadors aged from six to eleven. Whereas many schools focus on ‘anti-bullying week’ across the country in November, the Academy’s thirty ambassadors meet every month with Mr Cooper, the school’s anti-bullying leader, to discuss which activities and focussed work related to anti-bullying they shall carry out in the coming weeks.
Once these discussions take place, the ambassadors return to their class and support their teachers in the delivery of the chosen activities in weekly circle time sessions. By embedding anti-bullying techniques across the whole school, throughout the year, and delivered by pupils, preventing bullying has become everyone’s responsibility.
Kevin Cooper, Inclusion Lead at Oasis Academy Fir Vale says “We are proactive in promoting good social skills, respect and empathy amongst our pupils. Although we’re in the early stages of embedding this particular practice, we have already seen a really positive response from all of the children.”
“Our student ambassadors have carried out their work in March and April relating to kindness, courtesy and compliments. By using a range of positive activities, they are supporting everyone in school to feel good about themselves and to be proud of who they are.”
The Academy has also been recognising awareness dates to help focus the pupils’ work on wellbeing. Pupils marked Compliments Day on 1st March, and the International Day of Happiness on 20th March.
Oasis Academy Fir Vale’s Principal, Helen Round added “At Oasis Academy Fir Vale we learn and grow together in an inclusive community, where every child can flourish in a happy learning environment.”
“Our pupils learn from day one that they are valued, and that their wellbeing and happiness is extremely important at the Academy. Our new student ambassadors have done some great work on encouraging their fellow pupils on positivity, and also on preventing bullying.”