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Newton Abbot pupils lead anti-bullying fight

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 05, 2012

title: TheCoombeshead Academy anti-bullying ambassadors

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COOMBESHEAD Academy students in Newton Abbot are the first Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors in the South West.

They received the title after visiting the second Diana Awards National Anti-Bullying Conference in London earlier this month.

They will now be training other students to take on the importance of anti-bullying and there will be a number of themed weeks to increase levels of positivity.

At the conference, the year 10 students had the chance to work with Alex Homes, anti-bullying programme manager at the Diana Award, and were inspired to find out more about his work.

The event, at Britannia International Hotel, included a question and answer session headed up by a panel who had a vast range of experience including Vic Goddard, Channel 4's Educating Essex headteacher; Simon Milner, Facebook policy director; Jodie Marsh, George Nunn and Robert Mullaney.

It was chaired by ITV news presenter Charlene White.

The students attended a number of workshops to learn more about dealing with and combating bullying.

Latest statistics reveal 93 per cent of young people who received training from the Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme are more able and informed to speak to students and staff about how to tackle bullying.

In tutor time as a part of the National Anti-bullying Week, all students are creating a tutor group pledge, to pledge to do something positive for each other.

"The best promises will be used to establish a Coombeshead Pledge, which will be recorded in students planners next year and also put on to the school's very own 'pledge wall' — all students and staff will sign to show their commitment to the pledge," said Serena Evans, assistant headteacher at Coombeshead.

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