The ‘Taking Part: Special’ project is a separate project from EUBully and is specifically for Welsh audiences and will be bilingual Welsh and English but will be developed from the EUBully experience and have access to its learning tools and staff support.

Background to EUBully

EUBully is funded by the JUST/2013/DAP/AG/5364 project, and will operate in England, Ireland, Romania and Greece and have a specific focus on creating safe and secure environments in both physical and virtual environments so that young people aged 5-18, parents, teachers and other support staff in schools can discuss bullying in the open. At least 5000 young people from primary, secondary and special schools, 2000 parents / carers, 500 teachers and other school and supports staff across all countries will benefit from the project. Other countries are involved with an expert from Hungary (InSite) supporting developments in drama.

EUBully offers a blended approach – creating innovation in the virtual world alongside transfer and roll out of best practice in the use of drama in the physical world, both providing safe and secure environments for bullying to be addressed openly. Many anti-bullying initiatives are built upon the core philosophy of the Whole School Approach: on the assumption that bullying is a systemic problem, and, by implication, an intervention must be directed at the entire school not just at individual bullies and victims (Smith, Schneider, Smith, & Ananiadou, 2004, p. 548). EUBully reflects this, but wider by working with young people who are most vulnerable (Roma, travellers, ethnic /faith minorities, young people in care, disabled, risk of offending, those living in poverty) and recognising their lives include additional support staff (in residential homes, health care systems, specialist associations supporting these groups in the schools and community).

Added value within EUBully is the development of an app to be downloaded onto mobile (handheld) technologies for use within the curriculum in schools as part of ICT key learning strategies but also impact in the wider community in that it can be accessed outside of the physical classroom and become a tool in the wider virtual world of all our young people. The new app for mobile technologies will provide real time support and empower the victim to both log the event, with the content identified and report it. Other project results will include:

  • The database on which the logs from victims can be hosted, providing real time research data on cyber bullying and held on the new EUBully web site so that the app can become part of ICT teaching content in schools so sustaining it as part of a mainstream teaching resource;
  • A new play to be translated and adapted by partners which can be filmed for inclusion on web sites for wider dissemination and use as an educational resource;
  • A dissemination event in Brussels in the European parliament / European Commission in 2016.
  • One focused national event in each partner country (UK, Ireland, Greece) with at least 3 presentations at 3 additional national events in each country.

EUBully is an opportunity for Spectacle to deliver its work across Europe in partnership with Titan Partnership Ltd, a partnership of Birmingham inner city education ( over 50 nurseries , schools, colleges universities and community partners) and community providers www.titan.org.uk , Action Synergy SA an ICT and R&D training and knowledge based applications organisation actively involved in developing of e-learning training courses www.action.gr , Centre For Promoting Lifelong Learning , CPIP is part of a European network focused on adult education training www.cpip.ro , and Bully4You an national not for profit organisation with an excellent reputation in provision of primary and secondary school in Ireland www.bully4you.ie


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