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Pupils: Bullying

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the answer of 10 February 2010, Official Report, column 1093W, on pupils: bullying, what steps his Department has taken to tackle bullying in schools in the last 12 months. (318384)

Over the last 12 months, we have continued to roll out a comprehensive programme of work to prevent and tackle bullying. This includes working through the Anti-Bullying Alliance and the National Strategies to help schools deal with bullying effectively and providing challenge and support, where necessary, to improve anti-bullying strategies.

It also includes funding for peer mentoring of pupils and a helpline for parents. We have strengthened further our anti-bullying guidance. In April 2009 we published new guidance on preventing and tackling the cyberbullying of school staff. In September we produced a DVD resource pack for schools on bullying related to special educational needs or disabilities. In December 2009 we issued new guidance for schools on preventing and responding to sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying. In February this year we produced, in collaboration with Stonewall, a DVD resource pack on tackling homophobic bullying.

In November 2009 the Anti-Bullying Alliance delivered our annual anti-bullying week for which the theme was cyberbullying. During that week we launched a short web-based leaflet for parents on bullying from a young person's perspective and re-ran our cyberbullying campaign, ‘laugh at it and you're part of it’. In December, 2009 we published a consultation document on the new duty on schools (due to come into force this September) to record and report all serious and persistent incidents of bullying.