Sunday, 30 October 2011


Anti-bullying week is around the corner, and to celebrate this year's theme 'stop and think words can hurt', Actionwork are holding a brand new free exclusive competition to get young people involved. We want you to create a piece of artwork under this year's theme for your chance to win loads of cool prizes. You could make: a film, song, poem, story, collage, painting, drawing, animation. The possibilities are endless. The closing date for this competition is the 9th of December.

Check out this link for the entry form and more info:

Thursday, 20 October 2011

7 reasons to book Actionwork

Actionwork is a theatre, film, education and anti-bullying company. You can book our anti-bullying roadshow or other creative programmes by checking out our website

1) Actionwork listens to you and creates programmes of work tailored to your needs.

2) Actionwork does not preach or condescend to students and young people they work with but tells it as it is.

3) Actionwork is at the cutting edge of creative action in education.

4) Actionwork provides free resources, follow-up guidance and free e-mail support to clients.

5) Actionwork has fun with you, plays games, delivers interactive creative activities and always with a smile.

6) Actionwork works with all people from all parts of the world.

7) Actionwork works in the real world and the virtual world.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

2012's School Inspection Framework

The 2012's Ofsted inspection framework states inspectors should assess: "pupils’ behaviour towards, and respect for, other young people and adults, including freedom from bullying and harassment that may include cyber-bullying and prejudice-based bullying related to special educational need, sexual orientation, sex, race, religion and belief, gender reassignment or disability."

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Friday, 14 October 2011

This year the theme for anti bullying week is 'Stop and think, words can hurt'. Here are today's 5 suggestions from Actionwork to get you started:

1.Tell them- A lot of the time people don't realise what they've said is hurtful, they might think it was a joke or a game. If you explain to them that you didn't like what they said or how they said it, chances are they'll be able to see it from your point of view and maybe they'll stop.

2.Tell somebody else- If you don't feel comfortable confronting the bully or bullies about what they're saying to you, then try telling somebody else that you trust. This could be a friend - even a friend out of school, a peer mentor, a teacher, a parent, a sibling. And if you don't want to talk to anyone face to face, there are helplines you can call :

Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90
Childline: 0800 1111

3. Stand strong
- Body language plays a big part in how other people see you. If you hold yourself with confidence: head up without crossing your arms or legs, people are much less likely to bully you. You don't look like an easy target. The bully wants to pick on someone who doesn't look like they'll stand up for themselves or get help.

4. Don't retaliate- Especially if you're being cyber bullied; online, over text. Don't send messages back. Chances are if you don't send messages back they'll get bored and stop because they can't see your reaction so they're getting nothing out of it. If you start sending messages back, they'll know they've gotten to you and they won't stop. They'll also have your messages, which because you were upset or angry could be used as ammunition against you if they show them to a teacher or parent.

5. Keep the evidence- As hurtful and horrible as the things they might be saying to you are, if you can keep a record of them, do. The messages can be used as evidence and if they're really serious the police can use them too. If they're not messages, but websites and facebook pages, use the 'print screen' button on a computer to take a picture of the website and save it with the correct date on it.

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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Anti-bullying Roadshow

Our current anti-bullying touring programmes deal with all aspects of bullying including cyberbullying, violence, name-calling, friendships, confidence building, respect, strategies and much more. The anti-bullying roadshow consists of a positive creative programme including a show and creative workshops that not only help raise awareness of bullying, what it means and its effects on people, but p...rovides effective strategies and chances for participants to explore and challange bullying in a positive, creative, fun and educational way.

During these tours, we visit venues for a day (minimum). With the roadshow you get a show and a workshop in the morning (2-hours) for one group and a show and workshop in the afternoon for another group. With the creative workshop tour you get 4 x 1-hour workshops in a day for 4 different groups. In addition, with both programmes, we leave you with some anti-bullying resources to help you follow-up the work after we leave. We also offer a free anti-bullying consultation service to all venues that book (via e-mail).

In addition we can provide anti-bullying INSET training for teachers.