In March, 120 students from schools across the North West took part in a one-day anti-bullying training session run by The Diana Award at Didsbury High School (DHS).

The Diana Award’s free Anti-Bullying Ambassador Programme sees facilitators working with students and other young people to change the attitude surrounding bullying both in the UK and further afield.

The programme has a strong peer-to-peer focus, encouraging young people to become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors who can tackle bullying in the long-term.

Students from Years 7-10 worked together to gain the skills and the confidence needed to challenge behaviour and change attitudes surrounding bullying in their school.

They learned strategies to help address different situations, both online and offline.

At the end of the day, students made an action plan of how to approach issues that may arise in their schools and committed to their roles as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.

Commenting on the training, DHS student Connie said: “it was a helpful insight into how to help prevent bullying in our school and it provided the knowledge to make our school community inclusive for everyone”

DHS student Daniel added: “it helped me realise that you can’t be against bullying without actually doing something about it”