Rallying call to all primary schools be United Against Bullying - by wearing odd socks!

Anyone who knows CBeebies will know all about Andy and his band, The Odd Socks.

Thursday, 12th November 2020, 3:06 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th November 2020, 3:08 pm
Anyone who knows CBeebies will know all about Andy and his band, The Odd Socks.

And this year, as part of Anti Bullying Week next week, Andy and The Odd Socks and the Anti-Bullying Alliance are calling out to primary schools to unite against bullying by taking part in #OddSocksDay, which is on Monday, November 16.

With all of the nation’s children trying to return to a ‘new normal’ after a long period of isolation, it has never been more vital to come together and support each other to unite against bullying.

Since 2017, the Anti-Bullying Alliance and Andy Day (Cbeebies/CBBC), and his band, Andy and the Odd Socks' have held Odd Socks Day, a day for children to come together to celebrate what makes us all unique, to be kind and accepting of each other’s differences and most importantly to be themselves.

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Odd Socks Day marks the start of Anti-Bullying week, run by the Anti-Bullying Alliance of which Andy and the band are patrons. Anti-Bullying Week will launch with #OddSocksDay on Monday, November 16 in schools across the country.

There is no pressure on children to wear the latest fashion or for parents to buy expensive costumes. All they have to do to take part is wear odd socks to school on November 16th, it couldn’t be simpler!

The Anti-Bullying Alliance and Andy and the Odd Socks worked with young people to develop the message of unity for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week. The primary school pupils were loud and clear. They wanted to feel:

• Together - to feel part of a community that stands up for the right things

• Powerful - to work together to make sure that no child ever has to experience bullying again

• Empowered – to know that we all have a part to play in addressing bullying, no matter who you are or where you’re from - you can make a difference to someone’s life

Andy Day said: "Kids are more aware than society sometimes gives them credit for and hearing them talk about embracing difference, inclusivity and showing compassion for others was truly inspiring.

"Learning how some children were nervous about going back to school, we realised #OddSocksDay is more important than ever this year as no one should experience bullying.

"Last year over half the schools in the country took part in Odd Socks Day - that’s over five million children! This year we would love to have ALL children taking part and hope even more schools will help us with this simple awareness raiser and join in the fun!"

Martha Evans, Director, Anti-Bullying Alliance: “We believe that by channelling our collective power, through shared efforts and shared ambitions, we can reduce bullying together.

"We all have a part to play in tackling bullying and we are so excited to have Andy and the Odd Socks on board once again to help inspire children, parents and schools to bring about positive change and a world free of bullying .”