Leeds students to drive anti-bully campaign

Stuart Andrew, MP, with singer songwriter Raphaella.
Stuart Andrew, MP, with singer songwriter Raphaella.
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Schools in north west Leeds are being urged to participate in a national anti-bullying campaign.

Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey, wants schools to help the Kids Count iSTANDforSchools Challenge.

Kids Count has launched the iSTANDfor Schools Challenge, so that young people can show solidarity with their peers who are subject to bullying, both at school and in the outside world.

Mr Andrew said: “Bullying can have a dramatic and negative impact on a young person’s life and the iSTANDforcampaign seeks to raise awareness of the harm done by bullying.

“Thousands of lives are blighted by bullying. Many young people are left feeling lonely, isolated and sometimes broken by the mental or physical scars left by the actions of bullies.

“The iSTANDfor Schools Challenge is a national campaign that is led, designed and driven by young people. Through the use of music and social media iSTANDfor seeks to empower young people to be proud of who they are and encourage them to take a stand against bullying.”

The charity is inviting secondary schools to help get the message across by encouraging students to either design a logo, poster, or make a short film. The exercise can be completed either at home, in PSHE lessons or in a variety of subjects to suit your curriculum. The Kids Count Youth Board will be judging and select the winning application in March 2014 and the prize will be a new laptop.

The Kids Count iSTANDfor Assembly Roadshow is spearheaded by singer song-writer Raphaella, who said: “I really want to be able to inspire and empower young people through my music with the iSTANDfor campaign.”


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