Anti-Bullying Week 2021: One Kind Word

by | May 19, 2021

The theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2021 has been announced, the theme is…

One Kind Word

The challenges and isolation that many people have experienced over the past year has highlighted the power of small acts of kindness. With just one kind word we can brighten someone’s day and we can change the course of a conversation.

Anti-Bullying Week 2021 is taking place Monday 15th – Friday 19th November, but schools will likely be planning events throughout the whole month of November. Anti-Bullying Week last year was celebrated by an incredible 80% of schools, and this year the event is set to be even more popular.

We think that the theme One Kind Word is fantastic for schools. It has a clear positive message that can easily be understood by students of all ages.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance asked over 400 young people, teachers and parents what they wanted to see in this years Anti-Bullying Week. The message was loud and clear, people wanted the week to focus on hope, and the positive, kind things we can do to prevent hurtful behaviours.

Here is the official call to action for Anti-Bullying Week 2021 from the Anti-Bullying Alliance:

‘Ask if someone’s OK. Say you’re sorry. Just say hey.

In a world that can sometimes feel like it’s filled with negativity, one kind word can provide a moment of hope. It can be a turning point. It can change someone’s perspective. It can change their day. It can change the course of a conversation and break the cycle of bullying.

Best of all, one kind word leads to another. Kindness fuels kindness. So from the playground to Parliament, and from our phones to our homes, together, our actions can fire a chain reaction that powers positivity.

It starts with one kind word. It starts today.’

 

And there is so much more to look forward to….

Resource Packs: Last year the fantastic resources from the Anti-Bullying Alliance were downloaded for 50,000 times. This year there will be new resources to support the One Kind Word theme for various key stages. This will include lesson plans, assembly plans, cross-curricula ideas and videos.

Getting Involved on Social Media: Social media is also an important part of the week. Anti-Bullying Week 2021 is a fantastic opportunity for schools to share the work that they have been doing with #AntiBullyingWeek. Last year this trended at #1 on Twitter. Make sure you post on social media to promote the fantastic work that your school is doing.

Odd Socks Day 2021: Anti-Bullying Alliance Patron Andy Day and his band Andy and the Odd Socks will be releasing a new song especially for Odd Socks Day. Odd Socks Day is taking place on the first day of Anti-Bullying Week. Odd Socks day is all about celebrating the fact that everyone is unique, and that we can respect each other individuality. And all you need to do to get involved is don a pair of odd socks!

Odd Socks Day Packs: There will be a resource pack to help schools celebrate the biggest Odd Socks Day yet.

Anti-Bullying Week School Staff Awards: There will be the opportunity to nominate members of staff for the Anti-Bullying Week School Staff Awards.

Anti-Bullying Workshops for Schools: OpenView Education will be providing interactive Anti-Bullying Workshops especially for Anti-Bullying Week 2021. With workshops for each key stage, our Anti-Bullying workshops help students learn to respond to bullying and conflict in an effective way. And how we can use small acts of kindness to make our school an even better place.

 

What’s next?

To get the ideas flowing for what your school could do this Anti-Bullying Week, why not check out these 50 Ideas for Anti-Bullying Week.

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