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Resources for Learners


National schools competition

Shifting: A tale of bullying behaviour and discrimination

‘Shifting’ is a graphic novel telling the story of two young Gypsy/Travellers’ experiences of discrimination. The story introduces Joe and Tillie and describes their experiences of bullying behaviour in several different schools.  The graphic novel will be distributed free to schools throughout Scotland with the aim of generating dialogue about discriminatory behaviour, recognising difference and taking positive action. A range of activities accompany the resource exploring the various themes arising in the story.  It has been written and illustrated by Metaphrog, a graphic novel duo.


The story has a unique twist— it is unfinished!

The story stops abruptly at a critical point.  We are asking all children and young people in classrooms in Scotland to reflect on why the things they have read are unacceptable and we want them to participate in changing this story.  By creating new narratives we are sending out a message that this kind of bullying behaviour should never be tolerated.



Send your pupils’ story endings to STEP by February 19th 2021.  We will select five endings to be illustrated by Metaphrog.  These stories will be published and distributed to all schools in Scotland.

Download the template grids below to help pupils to think about the format or use one of the digital comic maker apps. Visit step-families for more drawing tips and templates.

Please send your completed story endings to step@ed.ac.uk.

Questions to begin discussions with learners

  • What is bullying behaviour?
  • Can you imagine how the children in the story are feeling?
  • What impact does bullying behaviour have on children and young people?
  • Do you have a role to play in addressing bullying and racism in school?
  • What steps can be taken to prevent incidents like these happening?
  • Can you imagine what would cause young people to behave in a bullying way?
  • In what ways could this story be changed?  Which character(s) should play a part in the changes?  What should they do?

Resource for teachers

For a range of resources like the ones below, visit respectme

Teachers and schools, please contact step@ed.ac.uk to request your free printed copies of Shifting.