Students set out message to halt bullies - The Worcester Observer

Students set out message to halt bullies

Worcester Editorial 29th Jun, 2017   0

A WORCESTER academy built on their success at a recent competition to launch an anti-bullying campaign

Following the team’s success at the recent Young Enterprise Company programme finals, students at Tudor Grange Academy came together to participate in a “Hidden” day, where the profile of their anti-bullying campaign was shared with all staff and students.

The school was awarded runners-up in the recent Young Enterprise Company programme competition.

Schools team from across Worcestershire were given the opportunity to create their own fully functional business and develop products or services which are sold or provided to the general public as part of a national competition.

Thomas Robinson, managing director of anti-bullying campaigners Hidden, said: “As a group we saw that bullying was an issue, not just in schools, but because of our own individual personal experiences.

“We decided that we would use the Young Enterprise Company programme as a way in which we could actually combat bullying, do something about it and make positive changes to young people’s lives.”

He added: “Our campaign has had a massive impact on people’s lives within school. We have brought people closer together by wearing our ‘Hidden’ T-shirts and helped spread the anti-bullying message.”

“Younger students now feel happier talking about issues and concerns they are facing and as a team are able to support them and tell them where they need to go if they need further help.”

The Young Enterprise Company programme is supported by Worcestershire County Council and the Worcestershire LEP as part of the Connecting Schools and Business programme.

Matt Tope, schools and business programme manager, said: “Seeing a group of young people using their Young Enterprise Company Programme journey to highlight how bullying can harm others was truly inspirational.

“Not only have this group of young people taken the opportunity to learn new skills which will support them when they enter the world of work, they have gone one step further and raised awareness of an issue that affects many young people.

“Their campaign has had a hugely positive impact within their own school, helping many to feel more confident in speaking about their emotions and feelings.”

The school also welcomed a visit from Lucy Alexander, who has been campaigning about online bullying following the death of her son Felix who killed himself in April last year.


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