More than 100 nine and 10-year-old pupils from 27 schools across Bucks have joined forces to become ‘agents for change’ in a bid to stamp out bullying in their schools.

The youngsters took part in events held in High Wycombe, Amersham and Aylesbury, where they got involved in a series of interactive workshops, learning about racism, homophobia and disability-related bullying.

They also devised action plans on what they will do in their schools to help tackle the issues, and signed a joint pledge outlining the things they will do to help stop bullying in schools.

They all left with an ‘agents for change’ badge to let others know that they are there to help those who have experienced bullying.

Buckinghamshire County Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, Mike Appleyard, said: “Bullying is a serious issue which can have long-term damaging effects on children’s lives.

“I really admire the tremendous tenacity of these young pupils and their commitment to tackling bullying wherever it may be happening. Well done to them.”