Naomi Clark St Mary's CofE Primary, Purton
Hi Richard, Whilst I wasn’t around when you visited earlier in the week; I have heard nothing but how great All the workshops and assembly were. The governors commented on how brilliant the parent workshop was too. Thank you for working with us at St Mary’s. Your descriptions of ‘bullying’ really help us to ensure that we deal with issues as well as we possibly can and can really highlight unacceptable behaviour to children. I hope we can continue to work with you in the future.
Tim Rice Ks2 Teacher Rosemellin Primary
Hi Richard and Niki, I hope you are well. I just wanted to update you and tell you that our stay safe mentors are doing an amazing job! They did their second assembly this morning to ks1 and ks2 and they are so enthused by their roles and the project.
Head Teacher Kehelland Village School
Thanks Richard - The Stay Safe Workshop was comprehensive and, pitched at just the right level for the Year 4,5 & 6 group. Our teachers found it highly informative too. I can't thank you enough for tailoring your presentation to address the specific areas that we requested such as age restricted games and online messaging etc. I would highly recommend the Stay Safe Workshops! I am at a HT meeting for our trust on Wednesday and will mention your workshops to the Heads there.
Yr6 TeacherRosemellin Primary School
Hi Richard, Thank you for your work with our year 5 and 6 pupils over the last few weeks. The children have been so enthusiastic about both of the sessions that you delivered. You put across the messages in the first session very clearly and the fact that every child in year 6 then wanted to become a Stay Safe mentor shows how engaged they were with the project. The 8 children that we chose are full of enthusiasm for their roles and can’t wait to get started. I will be telling staff at tonight’s staff meeting about our new mentors and we will present them in assembly so that the children across the school are all aware. I particularly like the fact that you have given us the next steps to ensure that the project is successful in the future, and not just something that we do now and then forget. Thanks again for your professional approach and we all look forward to seeing you in the future. Many thanks, Tim
Head Teacher Crudwell Primary, Wiltshire
Dear Richard, You’ll be interested to hear that our ‘Stay Safe’ mentors were praised by the HMI who carried out an Ofsted inspection last week. She was very impressed by how highly the children talked about them.
SENDCO / Safeguarding Lead Charlestown Primary
Dear Richard The new E-safe! workshop looks fantastic! On another note I was wondering whether you'd still be up for coming in to lead a short (15 min) assembly with our current stay safe mentors? I have to say they are doing a really fantastic job and have supported so many children with various issues. One or two in particular have responded so well to the program and have really flourished as a result.
Head Teacher Tywardreath School
Hi Richard Thank you for your time today. Indeed we need to put a date in the diary re Mentor programme, it would suit us perfectly. Below are some comments from the staff and children re your wonderful workshops. Highly engaging! The children were given practical strategies to take forward with them! It was fun and enjoyable! Richard kept the children thoroughly engaged for the whole morning! A serious message was delivered in an accessible and inclusive way! Richard gave the children the opportunity to have a ‘safe space’ in which to reflect and ask questions! Our children are still talking about it weeks after! One of our children have made a book with ‘Richard ‘quotes in it e.g. ‘being different is natural’! It was appropriately gritty and attention grabbing!
Head Taecher Blackwater Primary School
Dear Richard, I've spoken to our school council who were 100% positive about the afternoon and have had good feedback from staff and parents. Also will you let me know when you've developed something for KS1?
Gemma (PSHE co-ordinator)Paxcroft Primary Wilts
Thank you for doing the workshop last week at Paxcroft on anti bullying. I have just met with some of the year 6 children who were at the workshop as part of my PSHE leadership time. I asked them for feedback and they said some great things about it! Some of their quotes were ‘ It was funny and interesting at the same time’ ‘ We understood the way he explained things to us’. ‘We understood it all, he was very clear’ . ‘It was amazing’. They enjoyed getting up and getting involved the most. They have just put together a little presentation to show the rest of the school about what they learnt from the workshop – they wanted to include the demonstration of the crumpled paper person and the toothpaste example! Thank you again
Emily Chapman Y6 & Deputy Head Ann Edwards CE Primary School
All the teaching staff and children thoroughly enjoyed your Stay Safe Anti-bullying Workshop last Friday. The children would love to give their feedback and have you return to Ann Edwards very soon. Feedback quotes: - “I liked it when you used games to explain your point” (Holly, 11) - “I liked your toothpaste challenge because it was funny and messy!” (Rylee, 10) - “Your workshop helped me understand what to do if I ever feel bullied!” (Emily, 10) - “At least now I will know if it’s bullying or just people being silly” (Phoebe, 11) - “I liked how you explained why people shouldn’t bully” (Natasha, 10) - “Now I know the different types of bullying – thank you!” (Jacob, 11) - “I liked the bright and jazzy colours of your posters” (Catherine, 10) - “I now know what to do when getting beaten up (normally my brother)!” (Keira, 11)
Danielle Bond: Head of PSHE. St Mary's, Purton
Just wanted to say another BIG, BIG thankyou from all here at St Mary's. Staff have been really complimentary about the sessions (I have included one email below!) and the children have given some really great feedback!
Helen Wilson: Yr6 TeacherSt Mary's, Purton
Hi Danielle, I just wanted to thank you for organizing this. It really was EXCELLENT and really worth doing again! Richard was fantastic, from beginning to end - his messages were brilliantly pitched and presented and covered so many vital aspects of safety in an engaging way.
Mrs Lynn Taylor: HeadteacherShrewton C of E Primary School
Dear Richard, The feedback so far has been extremely positive. The adults who were in during the session couldn’t speak highly enough of it. The children also found it useful – especially in helping to decide what was/wasn’t bullying. Thank you so much for a very worthwhile afternoon. Best wishes,
Head Teacher Crudwell CE Primary School
Hello Richard The feedback I’ve heard from staff so far has been very enthusiastic – they also commented on how well the children responded too. I gather I missed an excellent session and have been told we should definitely have you again. I’ll also recommend you to other heads in my cluster.
Support Worker : HLTA for CICESS Children In Care Education Support Service.
“I was very lucky to be able to attend one of Richard’s Stay Safe mentoring programme workshops. This session followed on from the Anti bullying workshop which was run the previous week, this meant that the prospective mentors had a really good grasp of what bullying was and who was at risk. The mentoring programme is very well structured, the training the children receive is thorough and well thought through. I can see this will really benefit a school and will aid in combating issues on the playground. It teaches the mentors what to look for but also how to respond appropriately. I also think that the mentors themselves will build resilience and develop effective techniques to be able to deal with issues that arise – excellent when preparing children for secondary school and raising self-esteem.. The programme allows children to share and contribute their thoughts and ideas, the sense of responsibility and being a role model for others seems to grab the children’s interest too. Overall, very worthwhile!”
Iain, Y5 teacher Mylor Bridge Primary
Richard, It was a fantastic afternoon yesterday and great to meet you. We revisited in class again briefly this morning with the photographs and Mr Lea asked some of the children to demonstrate a few role plays from yesterday in the whole school assembly. I also fed back to staff last night who were also really interested. This was a wonderfully informative, interactive and fun workshop which was delivered with great energy by Richard. The children were engaged solidly for 2 hours where they were given the opportunity to learn through role play about different situations which surround bullying. Most importantly our Year 5 children now have the skills and the awareness to take into Year 6 and on to Secondary School.
National GroupAnti-Bullying Alliance
We Would be delighted to welcome you as a core member of the Anti-bullying Alliance. The advisory Group feel that Cornwall is in great need of the types of workshops you offer.
Fiona, Y5 Teacher St Dennis Primary
The children loved the stay safe workshops! I think they found them very honest-the children were spoken to in a ‘grown up’ kind of way and didn’t feel like they were being treated like little kids. It was relevant and up to date-the internet safety stuff was so appropriate and useful for the children of today.
Adele Shelley: PSHE Heamoor Primary
Thank you for a tremendous day, the children really enjoyed it. We look forward to working with you again. Thank you for all the additional detail and information too. Best Wishes!
Stephen GillertMP, St Austell and Newquay
After attending a recent workshop, I must say this seems to me to be a very worthwhile training and educational protect to meet a huge need for our local children. I hope many local schools take part in a opportunity to help our children to 'STAY SAFE!'. I Fully commend this project.
PTA MemberMylor Bridge Primary
Thank you for coming in to Mylor Bridge school to speak to myself and parents this morning. The workshops certainly sound like they will epuip children socially for the future life (especially helping our Yr6 leavers with the transition). Even if they are not experiencing bullying themselves.
Randall Brook: Head Teacher Mawnan Primary School
Thank you for your "Fantastic" input into this years Anti-bullying week. It was very well received and will help our school a great deal Many, many thanks!!
Stephen Gibson: Head Teacher Charlestown Primay School
Thank you for the excellent Stranger Awareness and Anti-bullying workshop recently completed at Charlestown School. Each session was planned with clearly, defined learning objectives which were outlined to the children with clarity. All in all a really successful programme. Thank you.
Head TeacherSt Dennis Primary
“Many thanks for the workshop and associated papers today – the children are really keen to get things up and running as soon as possible..They are really positive! You have taught them strategies to help and support others – and improve our school!”