Glasgow Academy has become the first school in Scotland to achieve The Diana Award, an accreditation in recognition of the school's anti-bullying work.
Supported by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, The Diana Award anti-bullying campaign engages young people, parents and teachers to change the attitudes, behaviour and culture of bullying by building skills and confidence to address different situations, both online and offline.
The Diana Award organisers were particularly encouraged by the balance between intervention through peer support and reporting procedures and prevention through education and positive initiatives which had a significant impact on the culture of the school. They also highlighted the excellent use of the empathy programme and online safety strategies.
The Academy is one of only eight schools across the UK to have achieved the bronze level award and the school has been selected to pilot silver level accreditation in the coming months.
The Academy has been working with The Diana Award since August 2017. Anti-Bullying Ambassadors were chosen from Prep 6 and Prep 7 to work with staff and develop a peer-led, whole-school approach to anti-bullying.
The ambassadors set up an online page sharing key events and updates about the anti-bullying work in the school and created a noticeboard of key information about the Ambassadors and guidance for tackling bullying. They also developed a child-friendly anti-bullying policy and the concept of a ‘Safe Space’ where pupils can go and seek help and advice which is supported by staff and ambassadors during lunchtime.
The next steps for the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors in the Prep School is further collaboration with the Senior School through Anti-Bullying Week (12 - 15 November), where they will be hosting an ‘Odd Socks’ Day – everyone is an individual, online safety workshops and leading a joint assembly.
Congratulations to all!