Bigfoot are pleased to be able to offer schools a variety of anti bullying programmes
Friday, 30 September 2011
“I’m really glad to be able to tell my story. I want to help people see the bigger picture of how what they do or say can have an impact on other people’s feelings.” Walla, aged 9
Bigfoot are pleased to be able to offer schools a variety of anti bullying programmes this year that have been designed in partnership with Kidscape and in compliance with the Primary National Strategy document Excellence & Enjoyment: Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL).
With this year being the ‘Hello’ national year for communication, a campaign run by ‘The Communication Trust’ to increase understanding of how important it is for children and young people to develop good communication skills, Bigfoot could think of no better time to launch ‘Sticks & Stones; words will ALWAYS hurt me’.
In an age where text talk, ‘facebook’ , ‘myspace’ and ‘twitter’ is second nature to children from as young as KS1, it has become clear that messages can be misconstrued and language can sometimes be used to have an adverse effect on peers. Bigfoot have developed, in accordance with the ‘Anti Bullying Alliance’, and in partnership with ‘Hello’, a new workshop programme called ‘Sticks & Stones’ that explores positive use of language, as well as how effective communication is at the heart of all our relationships.
Bigfoot will also be visiting schools with their successful two tier ‘promoting positive relationships’ programmes aimed to stimulate KS1 and KS2 students into becoming more aware of their own behaviour patterns, as well as those of others, through focusing on scenarios and situations relevant to young people in primary schools today. For schools that we haven’t visited before, we will be delivering ‘The Bigger Picture’, and for those with who we’ve already had an input and need further guidance, we will be providing our ‘Working it out’ project.
Bigfoot is a thriving Social Enterprise that delivers quality arts-based education on a nationwide level. Bigfoot’s mission is to raise standards in education through a creative approach to learning and has been operating successfully since January 2000. Bigfoot works within primary, secondary and post 16 education environments both during and out of school time and also run specialist performing arts courses throughout the school holidays. It prides itself on developing respectful long-term relationships with teachers enabling the work to become embedded within the whole school.
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