The Surrey County Council anti-bullying Charter Mark (first launched in 2012) is a celebration of a whole school approach to anti-bullying work. It is effectively responding to and managing incidents of bullying and peer conflict. It promotes the development of a culture and policy that sits comfortably and supportively within the safeguarding ethos of a school: ensuring that schools provide a safe and happy place to learn, for children and young people; allowing them to achieve school improvement; raise achievement and attendance; promote equality and diversity; develop resilience; ensure the safety and well-being of the pupils and the school community.
The Charter Mark has three levels of accreditation. These are bronze, silver and gold. Starting with a sound evidence based approach to anti-bullying work, each level of award builds upon good practice that is already in place. It supports the development and implementation of progressively robust anti-bullying practice and policy across the five standards of achievement. These are whole school involvement, policy, support, curriculum and training.
Schools may choose to aim for bronze accreditation in the first instance, aspiring to higher levels of award as policy and practice develop and embed over time.
The fee for accreditation ranges from £300 to £900 dependent on size of school, number of pupils and setting. The fee covers an initial visit from your area specialist teacher for behaviour to review current practises (if required) and a half day school visit for the assessment. Following the visit, schools will receive a detailed summary report, a certificate and a logo to use on their website and stationary.
We encourage all schools and academies to work towards Charter Mark accreditation.