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Schools

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many incidents of bullying have been reported in schools in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years (a) in total and (b) by education and library board; (95528)

(2) which 10 schools in Northern Ireland have had the highest number of incidents of bullying in each of the last three years.

The Department of Education does not collect the information requested.

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