Last year, we launched an exemplary anti-bullying initiative in partnership with South Shields Community School in a battle to stamp out bullying behaviour in our local communities and schools.

To kick start our anti-bullying scheme, The Education Network ran a competition with local schools inviting children to pick a name for our cuddly campaign mascot, now titled ‘Buddy’ the Panda. Chloe Little (pictured centre right) from Carr Hill Community Primary School came up with the name.

We can arrange for Buddy to visit schools for assemblies and also to reward whole class or whole school initiatives which have shown success in working together to make the school a place where bullying will not be tolerated.

Experience has shown that the mascot is a great way to launch your very own programme and also to reward excellent work and ideas by pupils and anti-bullying advocates in schools.

Alongside Buddy, we can also provide various resources, including a school information pack which has been compiled using national guidance from key organisations including Ofsted, Kidscape and Bullying UK, including case studies and real-life examples of best practice provided by its partner schools, which have received official recognition for their anti-bullying strategies.