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Pupils: Intimidation

Volume 461: debated on Monday 11 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding was allocated to tackling bullying in schools in each financial year since 1997-98. (141379)

The figures for the anti-bullying strand of the Improving Behaviour and Attendance Programme are given in the table:














Figures for earlier years are not available because the anti-bullying strand of behaviour work was not disaggregated.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which organisations his Department is working with to tackle bullying in schools; and in what year his Department commenced joint working with each such organisation. (141381)

The Department works with a number of organisations to tackle bullying in schools. We have been working with and funding the following organisations:

Childline in Partnership with Schools (CHIPS) (since 2002);

Parentline Plus (since 2002);

Anti-Bullying Alliance (since 2004);

Diana Princess of Wales Awards Scheme (since 2004);

BeatBullying (since 2006);

Stonewall/EACH (since 2006); and

Childnet International (since 2006).

In addition, we have also been working closely with the National Strategies in developing the SEAL strategy for social and emotional learning since 2003, and they are currently working with my Department and Ofsted to identify schools with weak and ineffective anti-bullying policies and to provide targeted support to those schools. And we are working with a number of internet service and mobile phone providers to see what we can all do to address cyber bullying among school pupils.