THE anti-bullying work carried out by pupils, staff and parents at Strathmore Primary School, Forfar, has received national recognition.
Staff from Respectme, the Scottish anti-bullying service, visited the school last week to hear about the work carried out to prevent bullying and to ensure that the children are confident about what to do if such behaviour occurs.
Head teacher Dawn Archibald explained: “Pupils in Strathmore have great ideas how to put things right when they go wrong and are very proud of their role in making things better for everyone.
“With support, the children can come together to talk about what has gone wrong and how they can make it better.
“They discuss who has been affected and what can be done to repair harm and put things right. This means the children are learning about their feelings and the feelings of others, self worth and respect.”
The Curriculum for Excellence reinforces this message by concentrating on responsibilities for all, mental, social, emotional and physical wellbeing.
The Parent Council and the Parent Forum in Strathmore primary school have been crucial in supporting the development of anti-bullying work in the school.
They attended a training evening for parents so that they could support the teachers and pupils.
The work carried out at Strathmore reflects Angus Council’s zero tolerance policy towards bullying behaviour in its schools, providing clear guidance and advice to schools on dealing with bullying incidents.
All Angus schools are required to involve and consult the school community in order to devise, publicise and implement their own school anti-bullying policy.