It’s known that bullying and poor mental health are problems among children, with one in two kids admitting to being bullied* and one in ten children suffering from a mental health problem**. These are worrying statistics, and something that Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School is working towards changing.

The award-winning school has just won a £10,000 grant from The National Lottery and Big Lottery Fund to deliver anti-bullying workshops to schools throughout Hackney and Tower Hamlets. They will incorporate drama, singing and dance to encourage communication, teamwork and self-confidence among primary and secondary school students.

Principal Anna Fiorentini launched the initiative after seeing the overwhelmingly positive effect her school’s classes had on her students’ confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing. “Lack of confidence and self-esteem can hinder a child’s progression, especially if it is caused by being bullied or feeling inadequate compared to their peers,” she says. “These anti-bullying workshops will go some way to helping young people understand what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour.” LoveEast

*The Annual Bullying Survey

** Youth Mental Health First Aid programme: what you need to know, National Association of Headteachers

To find out more or to visit a local branch of Anna Fiortentini Theatre & Film School, email or call 020 7682 1403.