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Diana Ambassadors Training

On Tuesday, Jake from the Diana Anti Bullying Ambassadors spent the day training over 40 learners, from year 7 to 10, to be Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.

The training was made possible by funding from Rudheath and Witton Together who have met with learners from the academy to discuss what they would like to see happen at their school.

On the morning of the training, Katy Sneyd of ‘RAW Together’ presented the cheque to the academy and had the opportunity to meet with Jake of the Diana Award and some the learners involved in the training. Katy said “Congratulations must go to the pupils involved as their ideas and eloquence lead to this being such a strong proposal.”

Anti-Bullying Ambassador training empowers students and staff to change the attitudes, behaviours, and cultures of bullying by building skills and confidence to address different situations both on and offline and the real power of this is that is all delivered through The Diana Award’s renowned peer-led approach.

At the end of the day, students made an action plan of how to approach reducing bullying in their school and became Anti-Bullying Ambassadors! Jake of the Diana Award said “The day empowers young people and staff members by providing knowledge of what bullying is and how to tackle it.”

Teachers at the school also received training with SELMA to help staff to approach the topic of online hate speech in schools, co-funded by the European Commission and runs under the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme.

At the same time while his colleague delivered the SELMA training, Jake delivered a parental session to ensure that parents of the newly trained ambassadors had a good understanding of what their new role entailed and how the school would support them.

Sandra Skellington the academy Diana Ambassador lead said “I am extremely proud to be part of this project.  Learners were brimming with pride, smiles and determination when they were told they could now wear their badges with students comments ‘this is so inspiring’ and ‘I believe I can make a difference ‘ We have come far since starting the programme but our work continues with future training days for our local primaries and activities that will involve the community as a whole.”

Headteacher Ana Roslan said “Children are really excited to have this opportunity to train. Following our first training 2 years ago, the Anti Bullying Ambassadors have had an enormous positive impact on the school and having more learners trained will ensure that Rudheath Senior Academy remains a place where everyone knows that they’re not alone.”

• For more information about Rudheath Senior Academy, email: office_admin@rudheathsenioracademy.org.uk or tel: 01606 42515.
• For more information about The Diana Anti Bullying Ambassadors go to https://www.antibullyingpro.com
• For more information about Rudheath and Witton Together go to https://www.rudheathandwitton.org.uk