Primary BIT reaches 100th accreditation mark
Kidscape is thrilled to award Primary BIT accreditation to Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Islington and Phoenix Primary School in Southwark, bringing the number of schools who have successfully completed the programme to 100.
Primary Bullying Intervention Training (BIT), funded by the Department for Education, works in partnership with primary schools across London to provide support and early intervention anti-bullying training to school professionals and children.
By working with both professionals and children, the project has enabled schools to prevent bullying. The training has increased professionals' skills in recognising and dealing with bullying, and it has also improved peer relationships, self-esteem and resilience among the children.
As Julie Roberts, Learning Behaviour Leader at Sacred Heart, explained:
"We selected this programme to equip pupils with the skills to identify the difference between joking, teasing and bullying. The impact has led to pupils now having the skills to discern information, strategies to deal with conflict and protect themselves emotionally. Our school council is leading on sharing this information and making sure our school continues to be a happy, positive place where all children feel accepted and can excel."
Every accredited school has received high-impact training and tailored support as part of the project, which supports and acknowledges the school's existing anti-bullying work.
Saul Douris, a Year 5 Class Teacher at Phoenix, observed:
"We have found the Kidscape BIT project to be very useful. It has not only clarified children's understanding of what constitutes bullying but also enabled children to deal with bullying behaviour by providing them with counter strategies."
Claude Knights, Kidscape's CEO said: "I am so pleased that Primary BIT has been an even greater success than we anticipated. By the end of the programme, 18,000 children will have benefited from these lessons. We are delighted to be able to recognise the efforts of Sacred Heart, Phoenix and all the other schools who have taken part in the programme. I thank the schools for their great enthusiasm and dedication in making positive changes to combat and reduce bullying in their settings."