Pupils highlight issue of bullying

Former Young Mayor, Abbie Armstrong, far left, and Young Cabinet Member for anti-bullying, Abbie Herron, far right, with children from Holy Cross R.C. Primary School.

Former Young Mayor, Abbie Armstrong, far left, and Young Cabinet Member for anti-bullying, Abbie Herron, far right, with children from Holy Cross R.C. Primary School.

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Youngsters have put bullying in the frame with their own film.

Pupils from seven schools – Christchurch Primary, Holy Cross Primary, John Spence Community High, Kings Priory High, Monkseaton Community High, Southridge First, and Whitley Bay High – produced a film which shares stories and experiences of bullying.

It will be used as a resource in schools and John Spence Community High’s drama group agreed to act on the film.

Shot in a vacant council property in North Shields, the film looks at the issue of bullying from both a victim’s and a bully’s perspective and it will be partnered with a lesson plan to be used as a discussion topic within schools.

Sue Hall, headteacher at Southridge First School, said: “This was an excellent way for the school to gain recognition of all the work we do on our core values and school ethos to promote friendship with our very young children.”

Teacher Kim McCaughey, from Monkseaton Community High, added: “We have loved having this opportunity to participate in this anti-bullying event.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: “I know that the Young Mayor and Youth Councillors have raised bullying as an important issue after speaking with other young people in their schools and colleges so it’s great to see schools from across North Tyneside coming together to bring this anti-bullying campaign to life.

“All the young people who have taken part have done a really fantastic job at raising awareness of bullying and the support that’s available and I congratulate them on this very worthwhile project.”

The film will sit on its own website www.ypyf.org.uk and be partnered with a poster and lesson plan within its own learning platform.

The film was part of a project by North Tyneside Council, which involves working with 11 to 19-year-olds and aims to reduce and support victims of bullying.

As part of the project the young people also created posters, purchased pocket size bullying survival packs for schools and youth groups and helped to develop a North Tyneside Anti Bullying Standards award.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “This project is a great example of North Tyneside Council’s Young Mayor and Youth Councillors listening to young people and delivering projects that will support them and address issues that are important to them.

“This project has also given young people across the borough the freedom to develop a film that will interest and engage their peers.

“It’s vital that we continue to address bullying and work with children and young people across the borough.

“This has been an extremely successful project and the young people involved have worked incredibly hard to produce some excellent work – and work which can be used in the longer term to help and support other young people.”