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My name is D......... I have been a buddy at Arbroath Academy for at least a year. All the buddies around the school help all of the first years. I am in 2nd year and all the 2nd years that want to stop bullying join in this buddying group. I joined along with my two friends K..... and L..... We stop a whole load of bullying and fighting from happening. The buddying has been going on for years but soon I will have to stop being a buddy because I am going into 3rd year.

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Dear D....

It's great that you have enjoyed being a buddy and that you have taken the trouble to tell us about it. I know that there are lots of interesting things happening in schools in your part of Scotland.

I think that the way your school's buddy scheme has been organised is interesting for a number of reasons. Firstly, it's being going on for years, which shows that people must find it worthwhile: things that don't work well tend to be quietly dropped. Secondly, young people like you have enjoyed being members and believe that it has helped to reduce levels of bullying and, thirdly, it involves pupils who are very close in age. One of the reasons that teachers often give for setting up peer support schemes is because young people find it easier to talk to people of their own age than to older people - but many buddy schemes involve first year pupils being buddied by sixth years. There is a big difference between being twelve and seventeen!

One thing that seems a little sad is that you have to stop being a buddy because you are going into the third year. I am sure that you will have learned a lot by being a buddy and it seems a shame that you won't be able to use your skills within a formal buddy scheme, although I'm sure that you will continue to use these skills informally.

With thanks and best wishes,

Anti-Bullying Network Adviser

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