Malmesbury School's zero tolerance lesson

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Katie Mitchell and Oceanne Chin with the anti-homophobic language pledge created as part of Malmesbury School’s crackdown on bullying Katie Mitchell and Oceanne Chin with the anti-homophobic language pledge created as part of Malmesbury School’s crackdown on bullying

Students and teachers have signed an anti-homophobic language petition at Malmesbury School, as part of a pilot scheme called ZeeTee.

The scheme, run by Wilt-shire Council, aims to reduce bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. Malmesbury School has taken it on as part of a crackdown on bullying.

A group – made up of 12 students, parents, governors and staff members – has been put together to help the drive.

Simon Shaw, senior pastoral leader at the school, said: “We started by rewriting the school’s bullying policy. We’ve introduced a confidential text line for students to report bullying.

“There’s also a scheme of mini lessons in tutorial time and an intervention scheme, which is a short course for anyone involved in bullying.

“Stopping bullying is a high priority for parents and their kids and this is an ongoing process.”

Pupils signed a pledge board, saying they would not use homophobic language, and were given a wristband and badge.

ZeeTee was launched this month and 17 students have become ZeeTee ambassadors, helping to manage the signing process.

Actor Sir Ian McKellen, a supporter of ZeeTee, said in a statement: “Until I visited secondary schools recently, I hadn’t realised how much anti-gay bullying goes on.

“By talking frankly about my own life as a gay man and listening to the concerns of staff and students, parents and governors, I hope the visits, arranged by Stonewall, made a difference in the classroom and the playground and also gave confidence to gay students.”

This week is anti-bullying week and teachers in all the school’s subjects have been setting homework around the bullying theme.

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2:11pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Saphirad says...

Perhaps the school should also concentrate on a zero tolerance to staff bullying? instead of ignoring complaints of bullying and doing their best to make it worse. An article of driving staff to depression by ruining their life for no reason seems more newsworthy.
Perhaps the school should also concentrate on a zero tolerance to staff bullying? instead of ignoring complaints of bullying and doing their best to make it worse. An article of driving staff to depression by ruining their life for no reason seems more newsworthy. Saphirad

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