Bullying: Time for us to make a change

To combat bullying we really need to understand what it is and the role school culture has in sustaining or diminishing it, writes Professor Sonia Blandford.
Boy being pushed from behind

When the Children’s Society’s 2015 Good Childhood report suggested that children in England are unhappier at school than their peers in almost every other surveyed country, bullying was the key issue – again.  School leaders have long dismissed the idea that bullying is an inevitable part of playground life – most recognise how much a child’s wellbeing and happiness impacts on their ability to learn, and how much that wellbeing and happiness depends on how they are viewed and treated by their peers.

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