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Bullying

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions he has had with representatives of teachers and lecturers about teachers and lecturers being bullied by colleagues or Parents of students; and what action he intends to take. [110549]

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State meets representatives of the teacher unions regularly and various issues are discussed in the meetings.We are very concerned to help schools and colleges prevent all bullying. Teachers, lecturers and students all have a right to work in an atmosphere free from intimidation and harassment. We have made available "A Legal Toolkit for Schools" which gives advice on remedies available when teachers are facing threatening or abusive behaviour from other adults. The Government also have a commitment to continue to work with managers and employees to address problems caused by bullying in the workplace, from employers or fellow employees, on which my colleagues at the Department of Trade and Industry lead.