AM and Minister Praise Local Action to Tackle Bullying
Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd Ann Jones has been joined Leighton Andrews, the Welsh Labour Government’s Education and Skills Minister, on a visit to a Prestatyn based anti-bullying campaign.
The pair met with representatives of Prestatyn Pop In Centre, the County Youth Service and the Prestatyn High School staff and pupils at the school’s library to discuss the local action they’ve been taking.
The group has developed close links with local primary schools, North Wales Police, NSPCC, Educational Psychologists and other voluntary youth groups in the town.
The main areas of the project are:
- I SPY, (Integrated Services Protecting the Young) and the list of safe places on the way to school.
- Shared understanding and definition of bullying – led by the PLC, which is based on the categories which the Welsh Office would be recording and how they will be tackled in schools.
- Education within the local community – parents, youth groups, etc.
- On-going education and monitoring
Ann Jones said:
“The anti-bullying campaign group is doing fantastic work in tackling the root cause of bullying in all its forms and in making sure that everyone knows that bullying is unacceptable.
“The group has made excellent progress in engaging people right across the community; from school children, to local charities and the police. In sharing best practice between schools, this community led initiative can make a wider impact across Wales.”
Prestatyn High School Head Teacher, Phil Pierce, remarked:
“I’m grateful to Ann Jones and the Welsh Government’s Education Minister, Leighton Andrews, for taking the time to visit this innovative project which aims to stamp out bullying in our town.
“On a local level, we’ve worked hard to identify a consistent and effective way to address issues within the local community and I am grateful to the many groups who have come together to develop ‘I Spy’. Nowhere is completely bully free and we have no more issues than other schools or communities. However we are confident that through partnership working we can be more effective in addressing any problems than by working as separate institutions or groups.
“Our motto in Prestatyn High School is ‘A Community Achieving Together’ and this project is built on the foundations of a strong community working in partnership with others to address bullying in all its forms.”
Welsh Labour’s Education and Skills Minister, Leighton Andrews, added:
“This is a good example of what can be achieved when people work together. Given the success of the scheme in reducing the incidence of bullying it is important to share this example of best practice so that others can learn from it.
“It remains important that everyone involved in a pupil’s education understands bullying in all its forms is unacceptable. Our comprehensive guidance, Respecting Others, identifies five different forms of bullying and offers advice on how to prevent situations from escalating and taking action when incidents occur.”