Pupils get creative to spread anti-bullying messageWinners of a poster competition took centre stage at a recent Anti-Bullying conference, organised by Hampshire County Council, for young people aged nine to 16 years old.

With them, and on show at the conference, were their ten winning designs that have been specially selected, to be displayed across Hampshire, to encourage young people to stand together and speak out against bullying.

Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Education, Councillor Peter Edgar, commented:

“This is a remarkable event, helping young people explore what bullying means and what can be done to make them feel safer. The conference is also an important way we can help to empower those young people who have been bullied and show them that they are not alone.

“Bullying can have a big impact and a long term effect on people’s lives. One of the County Council’s priorities is ensuring that children and young people are safe and feel safe. It fills me with great sadness that some young people in Hampshire experience bullying. By working together, we can help tackle this issue and identify ways that can be helpful to combat bullying.”

The annual conference, held this year at The Vineyard in Winchester, aimed to inspire young people and school staff, helping them to prevent and address incidents of bullying on the way to and from school. The event was attended by pupils and teachers from 36 schools around the county.

Poster design winners were presented with certificates and book tokens by Rick Jackson, from the radio station, Wave 105. Receiving awards were:

Chelsea Provide, St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School, Farnborough

Alice Butler and Ella Gray, St Mary’s CE Junior School, Old Basing

Simon Bell, St Mary’s Bentworth CE Primary School, Alton

Megan Wright and Tiger Stansfield, Oakley CE Junior, Basingstoke

Ellie Kendrick, Riverside Community Special School, Waterlooville

Katee Englefield, Winnall Primary School, Winchester

Alfie Smith, Purbrook Park School, Waterlooville

Pupil from Priestland School, Lymington.

During the event, pupils and staff were encouraged to consider how they were going to use what they had learned at the conference to address bullying in their communities and asked to consider the possible barriers. There was also opportunity for discussion with each other and their teachers to showcase and share good practice already working in Hampshire.

For information on anti-bullying, including a range of resources, visit: www.hants.gov.uk/bullying.

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