SCHOOLCHILDREN in East Tynedale have joined forces in their battle against bullying.

Last week young anti-bullying ambassadors from Prudhoe’s Adderlane First School, Highfield Middle School and Walbottle Campus, met to share ideas.

The showcase event from the Diana Award’s national anti-bullying campaign was held at Prudhoe’s Highfield Middle School.

Representatives of the London-based charity visited the school to speak to the ambassadors and hear more about their work.

Highfield Middle School has been involved in the Diana Award scheme since 2011, training its team of young peer mentors as anti-bullying ambassadors.

And last year teacher, Catherine Haslam, was appointed North-East regional staff champion for the national Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Programme.

The event last Thursday saw pupils and teachers from the three schools share best practice and learn new tips and techniques.

Diana Award representative, Kieran Stanbridge, said: “This school does great work to tackle bullying.

“It is spot on in promoting equality and diversity and creating a positive environment for young people.

“Today is all about catching up with schools and anti-bullying ambassadors.

“They’re here to share good practice and educate each other on what they’re doing in their school to make it a safer environment.

“They’re sharing their ideas, what they’ve been up do and how they’re going to support the anti-bullying message even further.”