Anti-Bullying Ambassadors at Langham Oaks in Essex have create an app to encourage young people to speak out about bullying in schools
Anti-Bullying Ambassadors from Langham Oaks, an SEBD school in Essex have come up with an idea for an app which helps students report bullying directly to a teacher, encourages students to speak out about being bullied and gives students a platform to speak to teachers if they see others being bullied.
At the Diana Award's National Anti-Bullying Week event the boys pitched their idea in a Dragon's Den style competition to a panel of judges which included Dragons Den's very own Kelly Hoppen. The boys were selected as a winning entry by the Dragons and won £200 to make their idea a reality!
SABA is built!
The local press quickly caught onto the success of these budding entrepreneurs and featured them in the local paper and interviewed the boys on BBC Look East. Following this the boys received interest from Coderus, an international software and consultancy company who have helped the boys develop the app over the last year.
Explaining SABA to HRH Prince William
After refining the design, layout and content of the app, Anti-Bullying Ambassador and former Youth Board member Nick attended a Diana Award event and explained the purpose of the app to HRH Prince William who was inspired by the boys' innovation and dedication to the project.
Choosing the logo design of SABA
As the app has been developed, Coderus and Langham Oak's have felt it is essential to keep students involved in every part of the decision making, including in deciding what the logo of the app would look like. As part of their coursework students from a local school designed a logo for the app and the boys selected the design that they felt fitted best. The students felt it was important that people did not directly associate students having the logo on their phone with bullying.
The Diana Award visit Langham Oaks and Coderus to see the finished app!
Ellie and Pooja from the Diana Award recently met with Coderus and Langham Oaks to see the final app and to give their feedback.
Fay Greaves, Nurture Manager at Ramsden Hall School said "We are very proud of the boys and this is huge for the school. We hope the App will be used nationally, and it gives the boys some drive."
From January 2016 the SABA app will be piloted in two schools for a period of three months to test it's effectiveness and the impact it has on the school. The boys will then be using the feedback from the pilot to make final amendments to the app before it's rolled out nationally. Watch this space!!!