Corby pupils learn how to beat the bullies

Pupils taking part in the BeatBullying project at The Kingswood School in Corby
Pupils taking part in the BeatBullying project at The Kingswood School in Corby

Pupils at The Kingswood School, Corby, are taking part in BeatBullying’s intense mentoring programme, thanks to support from The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Trust.

It has provided a grant to enable BeatBullying to train 2,500 young people across the UK as mentors during 2013 to become anti-bullying advocates in their communities.

The Corby pupils, aged 11 to 17, will work together to tackle bullying, offer support to their peers and will receive specialist training from BeatBullying staff.

Emma Jane Cross, the founder of BeatBullying, said: “It is fantastic that students from The Kingswood School are volunteering to provide support and guidance to other young people, both locally and across the country, in a bid to tackle bullying.

“The support from the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Trust underlines how important it is to enable young people to help one another, and takes us closer to our mission to make bullying unacceptable. We look forward to welcoming the new mentors from Corby.”

Clare Mcloughlin, student voice co-ordinator at The Kingswood School, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the BeatBullying project. While bullying is not a significant issue at our school, we are not naïve enough to believe that some bullying does not take place.

“We firmly believe that students will only thrive if they feel safe and happy and our involvement in this project will allow us to further develop our strategies for supporting young people, enabling them to support each other.”

The latest research conducted by BeatBullying found that one in three young people have been victims of cyber-bullying, with one in 13 becoming victims of persistent abuse or harassment.

Schools working with BeatBullying, on average, report a 35 per cent reduction in bullying and a 31 per cent increase in the level of reporting of bullying.