Anti-Bullying Week Workshops

by | Jul 28, 2022

When we visit schools we understand that taking a whole school approach to Anti-Bullying is important, that’s why we have workshops created specifically to cater for each Key Stage in your school. This allows us to provide an interactive, positive Anti-Bullying Workshop that is engaging and age appropriate.

In our workshops we focus on the value and contribution that every single student has to bring to the workshop. It’s important to us that every student has a positive experience in the workshop and gains the most educational value possible from their time with us. At OpenView Education we take the time to learn the names of at least some of the students taking part in the workshop, even though we may only be working with a group for 45 minutes, we believe this is important because it shows recognition of the individual students within your class.

Working with smaller groups in this way also allows us to ensure that every student takes part, and allows more opportunity for students that may be shy or less forthcoming to volunteer ideas and to get involved.

After the workshops, schools can then access our Online Anti-Bullying Resources and Videos package. This package includes a collection of video led Press & Play Anti-Bullying Workshops. These online sessions are great for supporting teachers in delivering follow up lessons after our visit that require minimal prep time.  The Online Resources and Videos package also includes access to our library of Anti-Bullying animations, Lesson Plans, activity packs and resources; it’s the perfect way of making the most out of our visit to your school.

For Anti-Bullying Week 2022 Reach Out, we have two exciting new workshops, here’s some more information about each of the sessions:

Speak Up, Reach Out!: Anti-Bullying Workshop for Students in Key Stages 2 and 3

In Speak Up, Reach Out the workshop starts out by establishing what bullying is and how it is different to a conflict, argument or a disagreement. This is done by looking specifically at a power imbalance. By understanding what a power imbalance is and what it looks like, you students learn how to spot the difference between conflict and bullying.

In the next part of the workshop we explore a scenario in which a student is experiencing bullying within their friendship group. Through forum theatre, students then role-play what we could do if we were in the position of a bystander, witnessing a bullying situation taking place.

Research shows that the role of a bystander is the most likely way that students will come across bullying. That’s why we focus on empowering students to become active bystanders (or upstanders), and proactively responding if they see or experience bullying taking place.

Your students then have the opportunity to work in small groups, creating a short scene that shows how they could reach out in a positive way to help stop bullying from happening.

Reach Out With Kindness: Anti-Bullying Workshop for Students in Early Years Foundation and Key Stage 1

In Reach Out With Kindness your students will meet one of our spectacular puppets (either Milly or Philip) and go on an interactive adventure. The workshop is based around the story of the Hare and the Tortoise.

In the story the Hare enjoys doing everything very fast, and the Tortoise likes doing things more slowly. They can’t seem to get along!

As the story continues your students act out three short scenes between the Hare and the Tortoise. In each of the scenes that they perform, they learn a new way that they can Reach Out with Kindness.

Through acting out the scenes in the workshop your students will learn how we can work positively as part of a team, how we can speak up for ourselves in a calm and assertive way using the ‘Stop Sign’, and how we can seek support when we need to.

Because this workshop has been created specifically for students in Early Years Foundation and Key Stage 1, it is highly interactive and engaging. It’s a fantastic way of making our visit a Whole School Anti-Bullying event, with a special experience for your students all the way down to your Reception class.

Our Anti-Bullying Workshops are available all year round, because of the popularity of Anti-Bullying Week 2022, November is our busiest time. If you would like to have these fantastic workshops visit your school send us a message here or call us on 0207 459 4473.

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