Bullying in school plummets
A new government study reveals that 30,000 fewer children have been bullied in last the 10 years.
The new figures come as part of the government’s continued drive to deliver an excellent education for every child - and make sure teachers have the tools they need to tackle bullying and violence in schools.
The study involving more than 10,000 secondary school pupils shows that:
· 30,000 fewer children in England now face the fear of bullying compared to 2005
· robbery between pupils has halved - last year just 1% of children reported being robbed
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, said that getting tough on discipline, creating a climate of tolerance and supporting bullied children can change lives for the better. She said: “As part of our commitment to delivering social justice we are helping teachers and charities end the scourge of bullying in our schools.
"We are determined to tackle any barriers which stop pupils attending school and learning so they can fulfil their potential."
Strengthened measures already in use in our classrooms include:
· stronger powers to search pupils
· removing the requirement to give parents 24 hours’ written notice of after-school detentions
· clarifying teachers’ power to use reasonable force to control unruly pupils
Teachers also now have greater powers to tackle cyberbullying by searching for and deleting inappropriate images on mobile phones and tablets. In addition, £3.3 million is being made available this year to charitable organisations to help tackle bullying and provide support for those who are bullied. This is on top of the £4 million provided in 2013 to 2015.
In related news, Northern Ireland's education minister is to bring new anti-bullying legislation before the assembly before the end of November.
The bill will give a legal definition of school bullying, and require schools to record all bullying incidents.
It will also require schools' boards of governors to be responsible for anti-bullying policies and practices.
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