On Wednesday 24th February school and college took part in a range of activities for an anti-bullying and safety day. From our student survey it was highlighted that learners wanted to know more about bullying, what it is and how they can prevent it. One of our key aims at Exeter Deaf Academy is to give our students independence whilst providing them with the knowledge and confidence to keep themselves safe.

College’s day involved organisations including, Deafax, local police and council services, giving talks about various aspects of safety, in both face-to-face and online situations. Bullying workshops focused on how many people are bullied each day, how others often ignore it and what the students can do to prevent bullying. Other topics included potential risks in social situations and how the police and other services can help if learners felt unsafe.

School looked at the subject of bullying in a variety of ways creating posters and a BSL film about what bullying is and why it is wrong. Students also had a look at e-safety and created a drama about bullyingin school and performed this for the other students.

After the event it was clear the students had really engaged and benefited from the day. It’s great to be able to work with a range of external organisations and for our students to have the confidence to know who they can turn to if they feel unsafe. We’d like to thank everyone involved in the day for making it such a success.