Blackpool school used for anti-bullying campaign

Filming a short informative film at Bispham High School for the Crown Prosecution Service. From the left, Mark Harris (CLC Media Dept), Peter Jennens, Emma Tierney, Daniel Petts, Stacey Davis (CPS), Brenton Hamilton and James Beglin.

Filming a short informative film at Bispham High School for the Crown Prosecution Service. From the left, Mark Harris (CLC Media Dept), Peter Jennens, Emma Tierney, Daniel Petts, Stacey Davis (CPS), Brenton Hamilton and James Beglin.

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A BLACKPOOL school is leading the way when it comes to a national anti-bullying campaign.

Bispham High School was the setting of filming for a mini-series focusing on tackling racism in school.

The films have been commissioned by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to be shown in schools around the country.

Bispham High was chosen as the setting having been commended nationally for its anti-bullying work with students.

John Topping, deputy headteacher at the Bispham Road school, said: “It was a real honour to be asked by CPS to facilitate this important day of filming here at the school.”

Twelve actors from the University of Central Lancashire’s acting course featured in the filming of a series of mini dramas.

The films focused on scenes of bullying and physical violence where racial tensions could be seen in a classroom situation, around the school grounds and by students’ lockers.

They will form a major part of a cutting edge Racist and Religious Hate Crime teaching resource.

Mr Topping added: “We look forward to trialling this work within our super learning days.

“Bullying is not something we can talk about now and then.

“We have to sustain conversations about it through regular interventions.”

The project was coordinated by the North West Crown Prosecution Service, in conjunction with the National Union of Teachers and the Anthony Walker Foundation. Bispham High School runs super learning days throughout the school year, focusing on how to be good citizens and talking about tackling discrimination.

Anti-bullying and anti-hate crime campaigns at Bispham High were commended by senior police staff earlier this year at a disability hate crime conference in Carlisle.

Supt Paul Gianassi, a senior police officer working in the Office of Criminal Justice, uses the school’s techniques as a model for others needing to tackle discrimination.

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