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School Discipline

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of racist bullying were recorded in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. (80978)

The Department of Education does not collect the information requested.

The Department makes clear that all forms of bullying are unacceptable and actively promotes the development of anti-bullying initiatives through its Anti-Bullying Programme.

Information about the scale and nature of bullying in Northern Ireland schools is contained in a research report published in October 2002. A research briefing summary is available on the Department’s website at www.deni.gov.uk/rb8_2002.pdf.

The Department has recently commissioned updated research into bullying, in all its forms, including racist bullying, and the results are expected to be ready for publication by mid 2007.