17 of our senior pupils were actively involved in the training programme Mentors in Violence (MVP) to ensure that Kinlochleven High School continues to be a safe and respected place for everyone to work and learn. MVP is delivered through a partnership between the Scottish Government and Police Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit and the course was led by Ms Murray and Mr Smith. The MVP programme was developed in the United States by Dr Jackson Katz and uses a bystander approach to tackle gender based violence and bullying behaviour. The workshops helped our pupils to consider social issues that affect how we view ourselves as men and women and how we treat each other. We also explored different types of violence and considered how to identify it in our school community. Our senior trainee mentors had the opportunity to deliver their own lesson which looked at various thought-provoking scenarios and explored how there are safe options to intervene and help to prevent a violent situation from developing. Now that the group have successfully completed their training, they are now equipped to lead their own workshops to all year groups which will hopefully help to create an even more compassionate and inclusive environment here at Kinlochleven High School and in the wider community.