The theme for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week has been unveiled as “Make a Noise” in a bid to end the silence of bystanders when bullying takes place.

The annual celebration takes place in November, but planning can begin now with resources and support available for schools.

The week is organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the theme has been selected after consultation with teachers and pupils.

In a statement this week, the ABA said: “Bullying affects millions of young lives. 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.”

Meanwhile, Anti-Bullying Week in Scotland is organised by RespectMe, Scotland’s anti-bullying agency and will take the theme of “Listen up – respect our rights).

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