Pupils at Alder Grange School in Rawtenstall recently took part in an anti-bullying training day provided by The Diana Award at Bolton School.

Different age groups worked together to build skills and confidence in addressing different situations, enabling them to change behaviour and attitudes towards bullying.

The training explored a range of scenarios, including face-to-face and online bullying. By the end of the session, pupils had formed an action plan on how to approach bullying issues that may arise in their school or friendship groups, and those taking part pledged to become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.

Joanna Griffiths, Headteacher at Alder Grange School, said: “We believe all young people have the right to be educated in an environment that ensures well-being.

“With this in mind, as a school we aim to raise awareness and maintain an ethos of collective responsibility in which bullying behaviour is unacceptable, with emphasis being on a preventative approach.

“All of our pupils taking part commented on how helpful and worthwhile the training was and they now feel they can use their new skills to make a real positive impact, both in and out of school.”

The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassador Programme, which is available to schools across the UK, aims to change attitudes surrounding bullying.

The programme is run by The Diana Award charity, founded as a legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better. Its mission is to foster, develop and inspire positive change in the lives of young people.