What have we achieved?
The Anti-Bullying Alliance, with partners at the
Council for Disabled Children, Achievement for All and Contact a Family and funding from the Department for Education, set out to promote effective practice for reducing the bullying experienced by disabled children and those with SEN. Training was delivered to:
550 schools, including 100 trainee teachers;
500 children's workforce professionals;
200 parent carers;
over 6,000 professionals via online training; and
over 2,500 parents via our online parent tool.
In the last year of the programme, a dozen “Champion Areas” – local authorities throughout England and one academy chain – were selected to pioneer effective practice. Champion Areas have recognised that disablist bullying is a challenge for them and, over the course of 2015/16, have received training and support from the ABA and partner organisations to become leaders in the field of reducing the bullying of disabled children and those with SEN.
The schools that took part in the training were encouraged to monitor the progress of their school’s anti-bullying practice with an online pupil wellbeing questionnaire. In just three months, the schools are showing fantastic results: some have seen substantial reductions in the number of disabled children and those with SEN who are bullied and, by the end of the programme, have ensured that no disabled children / those with SEN are being frequently bullied. This improvement in pupils’ experiences at school is one of the first steps to a healthier school environment, where the rate of bullying is low.
The All Together programme began as a two year programme funded by the Department for Education. The aim of the programme was to reduce the disproportionate amount that disabled children and those with SEN experience bullying. We worked in partnership with Achievement for All, Contact a Family, Mencap and the Council for Disabled Children to deliver it.
During this programme we:
provided training to over 1,500 schools
trained over 2,600 children's workforce staff including post 16, health and social care professionals
provided workshops for almost 600 parents of disabled children (and gave advice over the phone and online)
developed 100s of resources to support schools and other professional to reduce the bullying of disabled children and young people and those with SEN
You can find out more about the outcomes of this programme in this video:
You can also read the independent evaluation report of the 2013-15 programme here.