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The Painsley Catholic Academy was established in 2012. We are the largest Catholic multi-academy company in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

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Anti Bullying Ambassadors

Following on from the Big Assembly on 30th September 2020, Thursday saw us having our first training session for aspirant Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.  Seven Year 8 student volunteers participated in their first online Anti-Bullying Ambassador training session on Thursday morning with the Diana Award. They discussed a wide range of topics covering online safety, how to promote anti-bullying and how to support their peers to come forward and express their feelings. We also learnt about bullying behaviours surrounding racism, colourism and gender stereotypes in the training.  

The group looked at definitions of bullying, the three different types of bullying behaviour (verbal, physical or indirect), themes around bullying behaviour, what banter is and three steps to support a peer. Our new Ambassadors are encouraged to talk openly with their peers about feelings and help them to come to a resolution. We will be looking at introducing the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors alongside the Quo Vadis Catholic mental health peer mentors next term. 

All pupils will receive a badge from school to recognise them as an Anti-Bullying Ambassador who their peer can go to with any bullying problems. There are also 4 badges that the pupils can work towards on community action, wellbeing (mental health), online safety and respect run by the Diana Award. We are also keen to seek the views of our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors in the curriculum design of our PSHE tutorials on the above topics, therefore, we will be setting up a forum to discuss these ideas in the new term.  

There is a free 24 hour Diana Award Crisis Messenger that all pupils can access on anything to do with support for mental health. Just text DA to 85258 if you are struggling and trained volunteers will listen to how you are feeling and help you think about the next steps towards feeling better. You can text this number any time of the day and night.