PSHE KS2: Support from friends against bullies

Julie is small and not as physically developed as her peers.

At primary school it wasn't an issue, but in secondary school, it gives Lauren and her friends the excuse to pick on her.

It comes to a head when Julie hides in the toilet before PE rather than change in front of them.

The PE teacher intervenes and her friends support her in the playground. The outcome looks promising, but will it work long-term?

This clip is from the series L8R Youngers 2, exploring the issues faced by a group of young school friends.

Teacher Notes

This clip is useful to discuss the importance of emotional well-being and peer support.

Questions to ask include: "Why is bullying called 'bullying'? What feelings and emotions could one go through when bullied? Will peer support help Julie in the long term?"

Pupils could work in small groups. They can pretend they work for a 'Beat Bullying' direct line and one volunteer calls for help with a problem at school. (For example, being called names, having rumours spread about them, being ignored and left out).

What advice and support could they give? What would be the first step a bullied person should take to feel better?

Useful as an examination of the mechanics of bullying, how it affects the bullied young person, and a suggested anti-bullying solution.

Also raises issues about body image, puberty, and gender-specific pressures on girls.

Shows both negative peer pressure, and the potential strength of peer support.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching PSHE and Modern Studies at KS2 in England and Northern Ireland, PSE at KS2 in Wales and First Level and Second Level in Scotland.

More from the series L8R Youngers 2:

Pressure from bullies
Coping with reading difficulties
Balancing new and long standing relationships
Problems with a bad reputation
Problems at home affecting life at school