Bullying in Schools

Recent research suggests that the British public think teaching is more stressful than other jobs because of bullying and other behavioural issues.

Victims of bullying are also less likely to do well at school; 41% of those who had not been bullied achieved an A or A* in English compared to just 30% of those who had received abuse. More than half of bullying victims interviewed (56%), said bullying had negatively affected their studies.

A quarter of bullied young people experience abuse on a daily basis and 45% of 13- to 18-year-olds have experienced bullying by the age of 18, according to anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label. Liam Hackett, CEO of the charity, said the survey showed “the profound effect bullying is having on children’s self-esteem and therefore the future prospects of millions of young people across the UK”.

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The laws surrounding bullying in Britain are clear and some forms of bullying are considered illegal, whether they take place inside or outside of school. These include; physical violence or assault, theft, hate crimes and repeated harassment or intimidation. These types of bullying should be reported to an authoritative figure or the Police according to the government.

Teachers and school support staff should be aware of the ways to deal with incidents of bullying, depending how serious the act in question is. Even outside of school hours and off school premises, Head Teachers have legal power to make sure pupils behave well, including online. But according to a recent survey by the New Zealand Herald, one in four teachers say students have spoken to them about cyber-bullying- but two-thirds of teachers interviewed say that they don’t feel they have sufficient training to deal with bullying online and outside of school hours.

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In fact, an annual global survey of teachers and students internet use by AVG Technologies, illustrated that parents expected teachers to educate their kids about internet safety. Yet one in three teachers felt parents themselves didn’t know enough about cyber-bullying and 77% of teachers asked agreed that internet safety should be a dedicated part of the curriculum.

A report from Wales’ education watchdog last summer found that the rise in cyber bullying is a particular problem for schools because it is anonymous and pupils can be too embarrassed to report it. It also found that consequentially, there needs to be greater support for “at risk” groups who are targeted because of their sexuality, ethnicity, religion or disability.
If you’re concerned that a child you teach or know is a victim of teasing or bullying, look for these signs of stress:
·         Increased withdrawal 
·         Frequent crying 
·    Recurrent complaints of physical symptoms such as stomach-aches or headaches with no apparent cause 
·         Unexplained bruises 
·         Sudden drop in grades or other learning problems
·         Not wanting to go to school 
·         Significant changes in social life — suddenly no one is extending invitations
·         Sudden change in the way the child talks – calling herself a loser.
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