Safe In Our Hands – Local Authority Anti-Bullying Accreditation
Lambourn CofE Primary School is really proud to share the news that we were successful in our application to achieve a ‘Safe in Our Hands’ award. This is a Local Authority anti-bullying award that officially recognises all the work we have done as a school.
Whilst we cannot guarantee (nor can any school) that bullying will never happen again, we can very confidently say we have all the right processes and procedures in place to ensure that if it does happen; we know how to deal with it. A major part of being successful in achieving this award is implementing a strong ‘Peer Mentor’ programme. Please join me in congratulating this wonderful group of children who have applied for and been appointed as this year’s new Peer Mentors.
The children went through a rigorous selection process whereby they had to write an application, get a reference, be interviewed and then appointed. As part of their role they undergo termly training and we have regular ‘check in’ meetings to see how lunch times are improving. The overall aim of this program is to make lunchtime more enjoyable for all. Our Peer Mentors are ‘on duty’ for twenty five minute shifts, usually twice per week and they monitor both the KS1 and KS2 playgrounds. They look for children who have no one to play with and find them somebody to engage with; they join in games; they help resolve minor problems; get equipment out and teach other children games to play.
To celebrate this achievement, in November, we have local government and parish councillors coming in to present us with the ‘Safe in Our Hands’ award. We are ever so pleased and proud to get this award as it has taken a lot of hard work over the past two years. The success of our Peer Mentor programme has helped enable this award, so it has been a project which can be accredited to both pupils and staff alike.