Wiltshire Council and a number of Wiltshire schools have gained national recognition as special educational needs and disability champions following the success of recent anti-bullying work. The schools were part of an innovative national campaign to tackle bullying of all young people, with a particular focus on disabled children and those with special educational needs (SEN). Wiltshire Council is one of 12 local authorities working with the Anti-Bullying Alliance to encourage and support schools to take part in the SEND Anti-Bullying Champions Programme. It has driven the programme locally providing guidance, training and extra resources to help with anti-bullying policies and support.
Examples of how schools are championing anti-bullying practice and reducing the bullying of vulnerable pupils are being shared across the county. It is hoped that this will inspire other schools to implement similar approaches. Examples of schools that were able to demonstrate an impact from their work include: • Holt VC Primary which has developed anti-bullying pupil champions • Frogwell Primary School used peer mediators and lessons to improve behaviour • Crockerton Primary developed and publicised anti-bullying policies in child friendly language • All Cannings Primary children worked to create a bully free school by leading an assembly and promoting kind behaviour Richard Gamble, Wiltshire Council portfolio holder for schools, said: “Every child has a right to feel safe and supported at school and it’s important we work together to ensure that message is embedded into every school culture. “Congratulations to all the schools who have taken up this important issue and with our support created an effective solution for their school.” During 2017 the council will invite all schools to take part in a pupil survey to collect feedback from young people about their experiences and monitor progress. The council will continue to collect evidence of good practice, as part of the Wiltshire Healthy Schools programme.