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Study reveals 30,000 fewer children bullied in last 10 years

Government report shows plummeting bullying rates in schools

Posted by Stephanie Broad | November 20, 2015 | Health & wellbeing

Bullying and violence in English schools has plummeted in the last decade, a major new study has revealed. 

The research involved more than 10,000 secondary school pupils and 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 one percent of children reported being robbed

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 government has pledged to train every teacher in not just how to tackle serious behaviour issues, but how to deal with low-level disruption that stops children from learning properly.

Speaking before the launch of Anti-Bullying Week, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan hailed the new figures, suggesting 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.” 

A 2014 report by Stonewall also showed that homophobic bullying has fallen, with the number of secondary school teachers who say their pupils are often or very often the victim of homophobic bullying has almost halved since 2009. To further tackle this, the government has announced a £2 million fund for projects to address homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools.

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