Birchanger Primary School's anti-bullying work rewarded with visit from Saffron Walden MP Kemi Badenoch
Work being undertaken by a village school's 'anti-bullying ambassadors' impressed Uttlesford MP Kemi Badenoch when she paid a visit.
The Conservative member for the Saffron Walden constituency accepted an invitation to Birchanger CofE Primary School from Year 5 ambassadors Alyssa and Laura and saw for herself the efforts they and the rest of the 23 Y5 pupils were doing to tackle bullying in all its forms.
The school has adopted the anti-bullying ambassador programme set up by The Diana Award charity in memory of the Princess of Wales. Children have focused on online bullying, respect, community and wellbeing.
The group has talked to pupils during assemblies, held wellbeing clubs at lunchtime for younger children, discussed feeling safe and what improvements could be made, as well as designing badges to show the school’s commitment to anti-bullying.
Following a tour of the school, Mrs Badenoch spoke to pupils in assembly. She was then asked about her role and why she wanted to become an MP.
Headteacher Claire Berry said: "Ms Badenoch spent lots of time talking to the Year 5 groups where the children presented the work they had done about anti-bullying. They had lots of time to tell her what they had done and she asked questions to all of the groups."
Ms Badenoch, who was elected in 2017, is the Government's equalities minister as well as a minister for levelling up communities.
"Before she left, the children showed her the school’s 'Best of British' wall that features members of the black and Asian community who are leaders in their field. These role models inspire the children to be leaders themselves," said the head.
"Ms Badenoch was one of the first people the school chose, reflecting the work she has done promoting equality.
"Everyone in the school enjoyed meeting Ms Badenoch and were grateful to her for sparing the time out of her very busy schedule and to inspire the hard-working children."
A cake sale run by Year 2 pupil Florrie raised £225.57 for the Ukrainian relief effort. She came up with the idea and made loom bands to sell.