Being Me is a free anti-bullying classroom resource available to download at the bottom of the page that seeks to celebrate difference and promote inclusion by giving young people in years 5-8 an invaluable insight into the potential challenges being faced by their peers.
Led by Kidscape, Being Me is the result of a partnership with four other charities: Carers Trust, Diversity Role Models, Potential Plus and The National Autistic Society. It offers young people five powerful diary entries and short stories that aim to raise awareness of bullying and give readers a greater understanding of what life is like for other children: life with autism; life as a young carer; life at the end of homophobic taunts, or life when you're the most able or gifted and ostracised as a result.
Through offering this series of 'day in the life' accounts, Being Me acts as an engaging platform to discuss difference and strengthen anti-bullying initiatives throughout the year. It is an ideal resource to be introduced to your school during Anti-Bullying Week, a national event that takes place annually in the third week of November with the purpose of bringing individuals, organisations and schools together to take a stand against bullying.
The full series is available and free to download below.
We would like to say thank you to journalist Jenny Hulme, who has worked in partnership with each charity to develop and produce the Being Me resource.
Chapter 1 - Giving you confidence to challenge bullying at school
Chapter 2 - Supporting young carers in your class
Chapter 3 - Here to tackle homophobic bullying
Chapter 4 - Supporting children who have high learning potential so they can flourish at school
Chapter 5 - Helping everyone in schools understand autism better