Next week (Monday 16 to Friday 20 November) is National Anti-Bullying Week and Millthorpe will be participating in #NoBystanders. This campaign has been organised by Stonewall, a registered charity that works for the equality and fair treatment of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Along with many other schools in York, Millthorpe is a Stonewall Champion School. This means we are committed to championing diversity and celebrating difference and ensuring that our school is a safe place for all students, staff and visitors. We have a clear goal of eradicating all forms of bullying in school, including homophobic bullying.
This week, Mr Butterworth, Deputy Headteacher and Miss Parr, teacher of Religious Education, delivered assemblies to all students about National Anti-Bullying Week and invited students to join staff in signing the No Bystanders pledge. In signing this pledge, we are committing to speaking out if we hear bullying or teasing language and to standing up for fairness and kindness. Many members of staff are wearing Stonewall stickers and classrooms have posters that reinforce the message that we do not tolerate homophobic language at Millthorpe. Here is a link to the PowerPoint we used in the assembly.
This assembly also marked the launch of work towards the Stonewall Silver School’s Award. For this award, we are ensuring that everything is in place to uphold all students’ rights in order for all students to feel respected and safe within our school environment. We have launched an LGBT at Millthorpe page on the school website, featuring information, events and support links for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and their friends and family. We also have a noticeboard in school where students can gain factual information and support leaflets. ‘One 4 all’ is a group that has been set up by students to discuss global issues of inequality, including those faced by the LGBT community, as well as providing peer support and advice.
If you would like to join us in supporting National Anti-Bullying Week, you can sign the #NoBystanders pledge online by visiting www.stonewall.org.uk/our-work/campaigns/nobystanders.