2nd Mar, 2021

Students spread anti-bullying message in school's first podcast

STUDENTS and staff at a secondary school in Rugby have worked together to produce the school’s very first podcast – which focuses on anti-bullying.

The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College’s debut podcast episode was recorded and produced by members of the school’s wellbeing council, featuring 12 students from a range of year groups along with six members of staff.

In the episode, students and staff discuss their own experiences, the impact bullying can have and the importance of being kind. Listeners are also told about the services and support available in school for those who have experienced bullying.

All the students involved in the project have been awarded leadership points and the podcast has been uploaded to the school’s YouTube channel, where it has been listened to over 300 times.

Erin Anderson-Howe, the member of staff behind the project, said: “Events this year have left many young people feeling isolated and the podcast is a way for people to connect.

“Unfortunately, due to covid restrictions and social distancing, we cannot hold traditional assemblies and the wellbeing council decided that a podcast would be a good way to share the anti-bullying message.

“As a group we had several obstacles to overcome as those involved couldn’t work directly with each other. Each person had to record their section independently before it was edited together, meaning those who were self-isolating could still be involved.”

Head teacher Alison Davies said: “I was delighted to listen to our school’s first ever podcast, and I was really impressed with everyone involved. This was a very creative way to use technology to bring people together and everyone involved in the project have every right to be proud of themselves.”

Visit https://youtu.be/8_m-8ah58AA to listen to the podcast.

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