Anti-Bullying Week 2023 is coordinated in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. The theme was 'Make A Noise About Bullying' and it took place from Monday 13th to Friday 17th November. The week was kicked off with Odd Socks Day on Monday 13th November, where adults and children wore odd socks to celebrate what makes us all unique.
The theme of Make A Noise About Bullying came about following consultation with teachers and pupils by the Anti-Bullying Alliance which coordinates Anti-Bullying Week every year in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Teachers and children wanted a theme that empowered them to do something positive to counter the harm and hurt that bullying causes.
Following the success of the campaign in 2022 – when 80% of schools marked the week, reaching over 7.5 million children and young people – Anti-Bullying Week remind everyone whether it’s in school, at home, in the community or online, we can bring an end to bullying.
As usual, schools are able to download free teaching resources and themed assemblies. These focus on the activities we can take to encourage young people to consider what bullying means to us, how banter can turn into something more hurtful, and what we can do to stop bullying. We have also developed a media, social media and community based campaign to help bring Anti-Bullying Week to life whether you're at home, work or in school.
Our call to action:
Too often, we are silent when we see bullying take place, silent about the hurt bullying causes, and silent when we hear bullying dismissed as ‘just banter’.
It doesn't have to be this way.
Of course, we won’t like everyone and we don’t always agree, but we can choose respect and unity.
This Anti-Bullying Week let’s come together to have discussions about what bullying means to us, how banter can turn into something more hurtful, and what we can do to stop bullying. Together, we can make a difference and take a stand against bullying.
From the playground to Parliament, and from our phones to our homes, let’s make a noise about bullying.
How can you Make A Noise About Bullying?
As usual, schools can download free teaching resources and themed assemblies. These focus on the activities we can take to encourage young people to consider what bullying means to us, how banter can turn into something more hurtful, and what we can do to stop bullying.
Anti-Bullying Alliance patron, CBBC and CBeebies star Andy Day led celebrity support for the campaign, with his band Andy and the Odd Socks. The band recorded and released a toe-tapping song to mark Odd Socks Day on the first day of Anti-Bullying Week. There’s a serious message behind the fun: let’s pull on odd socks to show we’re ALL unique and different, and let’s be kind to each other and respect each other’s individuality.
For older children, the buzz on social media is an important part of Anti-Bullying Week, and a great opportunity for schools to share how they’ve embraced the anti-bullying message. It’s easy to get involved via #AntiBullyingWeek and #MakeANoise on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook and Twitter.
Please also join us in making a noise to decision makers about our calls to action:
- Schools should be required to have an anti-bullying lead responsible for coordinating an anti-bullying strategy.
- Initial teacher training should include anti-bullying training: Currently, teachers are not required to even know what bullying is as part of their initial teacher training.
- There should be a duty to record bullying in schools in England as there currently is for schools in Northern Ireland.
How you can get involved!
- Access our free primary and secondary school packs
- Get involved in Odd Socks Day at school, work, or at home
- Nominate a member of staff for our School Staff Award! (NOMINATIONS NOW CLOSED)
- Pledge your support for Anti-Bullying Week
- Get involved on social media!
- Register to our planned events
- Keep up with our members activity
- Review our tool for parents and carers
- Contact your MP
- Purchase merchandise
You can keep informed and support the Anti-Bullying Week 2024 by signing up to our mailing list or becoming a member of the Anti-Bullying Alliance.
And follow us on Twitter via @ABAonline #AntiBullyingWeek
For this year's Anti-Bullying Week we have a number of partnerships including with Radnor Fam and Wicked the Musical who are both fundraising for us and BBC Teach, Twinkl and Votes for Schools all creating complimentary free resources for schools to help celebrate the week.
Anti-Bullying Week 2023 is organised by:
- The Anti-Bullying Alliance in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
- respectme, Scotland’s anti-bullying agency
Each organisation developed their own resources and activity to support the week.