United Against Bullying
Andy and the Odd Socks have joined forces with the Anti-Bullying Alliance for the fourth consecutive year to issue a rallying cry to the nation’s children to unite against bullying. This year’s theme for Anti Bullying week is ‘United Against Bullying’.
Anti-Bullying Week will launch with #OddSocksDay on Monday 16 November in schools across the country. There is no pressure on the 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 16/11. It couldn’t be simpler! Schools who share their Odd Socks Day photos or videos on Twitter could win a visit from the band!
Each year the band write and record a song around the Anti-Bullying Alliance’s chosen theme and this is incorporated within the education materials provided to schools. This year, Andy and the Odd Socks have opted for a cover version of Sham 69’s ‘The Kids Are United’.
The track features additional lyrics performed by Princess K (also known for her debut performance at Glastonbury with Stormzy) and is inspired by conversations with school children conducted by the band over Zoom ahead of the Summer break; conversations which also highlighted that, following months of home schooling, there are those feeling anxious or afraid of the return due to the issues Anti-Bullying Week is here to address.
It also features the angelic voices of the Libera Choir, a world renowned choir made up of boys aged 7 – 16 years from various South London schools and all walks of life. Andy and the band also relied upon the skills of teachers from schools all over the country to film the children who took part in the video. Over 750 clips of children dancing and singing were submitted to be included in the video!
BAFTA nominated Andy Day has been a huge favourite on the BBC’s children’s channels for the last 10 years and is the longest serving presenter on the channel. Millions of children have grown up watching Andy and his YouTube content has over 20 million views. Andy’s TV Shows have aired in over 30 countries around the world including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Brazil