New plan unveiled by Portsmouth City Council to help drive bullying out of schools

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PLANS to reduce bullying have been announced by Portsmouth City Council.

The Portsmouth Anti-Bullying Guidance and Resource Pack has been developed to provide support to schools and to help them create effective anti-bullying techniques.

Michael Ward 7 of College Park Infant School, Portsmouth whose anti-bullying art has been used on the cover of a resource pack for schools''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142094-1)

Michael Ward 7 of College Park Infant School, Portsmouth whose anti-bullying art has been used on the cover of a resource pack for schools''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142094-1)

Children across the city were asked to create a poster to put on the front of the pack and seven-year-old Michael Willard from College Park Infant School in North End was chosen as the winner.

Headteacher Debbie Anderson said: ‘It’s important for every school to have this resource.

‘We use best practice here but it’s nice to share that across the city so that all schools can work on anti-bullying.

‘I’m proud of all the children at College Park.

‘We celebrate all their different talents and this little boy in particular has a fantastic artistic talent so I’m proud that his artwork has been chosen to go on the front.’

A thrilled Michael said: ‘I’m proud. I have never won anything before.’

The pack was produced following a consultation process involving schools and organisations.

It provides a range of information, resources and contacts to help schools develop anti-bullying practices to prevent and reduce bullying.

Schools are encouraged to set their own policies to combat bullying, but have been encouraged to use guidance set by the council.

The pack gives contacts for children’s groups, charities and mental health groups for schools to make contact with.

Hampshire police can offer support to schools by offering advice about staying safe online or using mobile technology.

Julien Kramer is the interim head of education at the council and said: ‘Portsmouth is very ambitious for its children.

‘Anti-bullying matters very much. Children won’t achieve if they’re not happy. They won’t achieve if they’re not in environments that are warm and welcoming and friendly.

‘We believe that if we can drive bullying out of our service, and we will, children will flourish.’

It comes after the council was named by Stonewall as the one of the best local authorities in Britain for tackling homophobic bullying.