Central Foundation School
Anti-Bullying Massif (ABM)
The ABM are working to combat bullying at school, in London and on a national level!They run a peer-mentoring scheme counselling young people, operate an anonymous teacher/student referral process and raise awareness through workshops and assemblies about bullying in their school and local area.
Project started: Sep 2003
|Ever since I have started caring, I helped set up a group with a bunch of school friends that all want the same thing as me and that is to make a change in society: our schools and maybe our community. As a group we decided to do something about one of the biggest problems the World is having trouble with now and always has had and that is BULLYING.
Abiodun, aged 16
Abiodun is just one of a group of young people committed to change. Based at the Central Foundation School, Islington the ABM got together, joined Youth Act and set up their own anti-bullying campaign group and peer mentoring service. They realised that bullying was a big problem in their school and they knew they couldnt just sit back and let it happen.
We had to be realistic, we are just children unfortunately, we dont have the type of power to solve World domination. But, we did have the power to lower the amount of bullying at our school.
Since setting up their campaign in 2003 the guys have set up regular Tuesday lunch time counselling sessions providing a safe, fun and supportive place to go for young people referred to them. They've also run a poster campaign, taken their campaign to PSHE lessons , devised a website and organised assemblies at their school and other schools in their area.
Their work doesnt stop there: they just seem to keep growing from strength to strength. Zak, a prominent ABM member was appointed director to the London-wide anti-bullying I Power I project.
The group have been involved in national conferences and helped to produce an anti-bullying film for the DfES. All this great work has not gone unrecognised, in July 2005 the ABM were awarded the Diana Princess of Wales Anti-Bullying Award and were chosen as a BT UK Seen and Heard winning case study.
Now the group are going international! The group most recently featured in the Anne Frank and You exhibition as great examples of young people speaking out.
Three years on from starting the project, the group are still going strong, this time with a new set of young people at the head of the team.
In Autumn 2006 the team of new recruits plan to take their anti-bullying message to drama lessons in the school facilitating learning about bullying through drama for other students in years 6 and 7.
During National Anti-Bullying week they are launcing the awareness week at the school through an all school assembly including drama and poetry written by the boys around the theme of bullying. They also plan to run a non-uniform day, Blue Friday, when students will pay 1 to dress in blue, the proceeds of which will go to support Beat Bullying, a national anti-bullying initiative.
To date they have:
Run a poster campaign and created a slogan
- Carried out a school survey and research project on bullying
Developed problem-solving strategies
Presented to school staff and students
- Written articles for the school magazine
Worked closely with staff and the school council
- Written the script for mini-movie
Spoken at Islington deputy headteachers training day about their project
- Recruited new members and raised the awareness of hundreds of their fellow pupils through their presentations and assemblies
Developed models of listening skills role play (on video)
- Liaised with form tutors to create a referral system so young people can be referred by teachers to the ABM counselling sessions
Run workshops for headteachers and interview young people at the national DfES conferences on anti-bullying
- Been invited to visit other Islington schools to help set up local ABM
Helped make an anti-bullying film for the DfES. Involved visiting nine regions of the U.K visiting different schools, including Birmingham, Bristol, Norwich, Leicester, York, London, Manchester, and Newcastle.
- Been invited to the launch of ABA (Anti- Bullying Alliance). Met the Education Minister Ivan Lewis and Esther Ranzen (Chair of the ABA) who asked them to give a speech of what they thought, as teenagers, of the anti- bullying Conferences around the U.K.
- Planned a bid to the British Council to set up international links with other anti-bullying initiatives around the World.
Youth Act training and campaigns are running throughout London. A national Youth Act Train the Trainers programme is also available. Please contact the Youth Act team for more information 020 7566 5033 or email Ade Sofola (email@example.com).
This project is based on the internationally successful Youth Act! programme of street law begun by Street Law Inc in the United States (www.streetlaw.org), which has campaigned to increase provision for homeless people, challenge discrimination and reduce gun crime. www.youthact.org