College’s award-winning anti-bullying work continues
28 September 2017

Bullying Intervention Group

Middlesbrough College has achieved the Bullying Intervention BIG Award for a record 5th year in a row. The establishment, which was the first further education college to achieve the accolade in 2012, has evidenced consistent support for students and a strong Bullying Policy, utilising excellent preventative work.

The ‘Bullying Intervention Group’ is a social enterprise, created to administer the BIG Award for schools, colleges and services for young people, and while many schools have fulfilled the criteria, the Middlesbrough College is amongst only a handful in the country to achieve this recognised ‘anti-bullying’ status. 

The BIG Award is both earned and evidenced. To achieve it, the college had to:
• Show they are working to an externally agreed standard
• Employ consistent and updated good practice
• Actively include young people in their anti-bullying work
• Work to ensure that every young person can fulfill their potential without fear of being bullied


Val McFarlane, Director at The Bullying Intervention Group, said: "Middlesbrough College are leaders in anti-bullying work in colleges.  They were not only the first college in Britain to achieve the BIG Award, but they have now achieved it for 5 years running. This is because they have dedicated Student Services staff who work so hard to ensure that their students can learn without fear of harassment from others. They have a wide range of innovative and effective anti-bullying strategies in place and work consistently to ensure that they maintain their excellent standards of excellence in challenging bullying. We are delighted to award them for the fifth time running."  

Mike Bulmer, Student Services Manager and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead at the college said: “We’re really pleased that our work against bullying has been recognised.

“The BIG award is a national award which recognises that our bullying prevention and intervention work is consistent, comprehensive and thorough.

“We have many avenues that students who feel they are being bullied can turn to for support, from Pastoral and tutor teams, to Student Services and the Safeguarding Team.

“Our anti-bullying work runs throughout the year and is based on and led by the students’ ideas and initiatives, including focus groups and campaigns.”

The award is testament to the College’s pro-active approach to tackling problems before they begin – it’s all about prevention rather than cure.