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Steps That Schools Take Against Bullying

By: Angela Armes - Updated: 1 Mar 2017 | comments*Discuss
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Bullying is a very serious concern for any parent especially when their child starts at a new school. It can be a daunting time for both parents and children alike and it is important to know and understand how the school deals with issues of bullying if and when they arise.

Types of Bullying

Before establishing what schools can do to reduce bullying, it is worth considering what constitutes bullying to begin with. Bullying does not necessarily have to involve inflicting any kind of physical abuse on another pupil, although that does unfortunately happen. Bullying can also be undertaken as:

  • Racial Abuse
  • Taunting
  • Physical Contact
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Teasing
  • Cyber-bullying

What Do Schools Do If They Discover Bullying

If a teacher is informed of an case of bullying within the confines of the school they must act on it immediately in order to prevent it happening again. However, it is sometimes very difficult to have the child that is being bullied admit to being bullied for fear of further reprisals.

It is customary for the Head Teacher to issue an automatic suspension to any pupil found to be bullying another pupil. This suspension is enforced and will remain in place until the bullying pupil’s parents attend a meeting with the Head Teacher to discuss how things will progress in the future.

If the bullying is another instance in a long line of complaints, the Head Teacher must consult with the Local Education Authority with reference to the long-term School Exclusion.

Parents can appeal against any such decision but during the time leading up to the appeal the pupil responsible for the bullying may not attend classes in the usual manner – this is another means of enforcing the punishment.

Helping To Combat Bullying in Schools

A number of schools in the UK do not allow the use of mobile telephones during school time in order to cut down on the amount of so-called ‘Cyber-Bullying’ – a trend which has worryingly emerged since the advent and mass production of cheap mobile telephones.

Schools also monitor the Internet access of all children in their Information Technology classes so that bullying via email and message boards can be minimised. Any child found to be using such methods of bullying are liable for instant suspension until the matter is resolved.

Local Authorities provide training for teachers and teaching staff in how to deal with potential volatile situations which may arise as a result of bullying. This training is regularly updated and kept in line with government standards and requirements.

If you would like to know more about your child’s school policy on bullying, it is worth arranging an interview with the Head Teacher or alternatively the School Welfare Officer. Your Local Education Authority will also be able to provide you with information and literature on how to help teachers combat bullying in and out of school.

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My son is being bullied physically and ysday was blamed and banned from lunches having to come home. Today he misses Xmas dinner with friends at school. Teachers push blame on him as he has adhd and is often seen retalliating to his bully when ridiculed infront of his friends. I've lost faith in school. Will look into home schooling as school keep blaming my son and punishing him using him as scapegoat instead of admitting problem with bullying in school and getting it resolved properly
marci - 15-Dec-15 @ 12:35 PM
When a parent deems their child is being bullied and makes a report to the school it should be investigated straightaway. Unfortunately parents can be over protective of theirchildren, preferring to believe they are not capable of inappropriate behaviour themselves. The investigation which takes place is a sensitive and tricky matter to carry out as all parties must be spoken to. Without direct observations of bullying behaviour there is often a need to monitor how things go after an initial discussion has taken place with the accused and the victim. What can happen is that the bullying becomes more secretive, making it even more difficult to prove what is happening. This is a very difficult area of child care / school work - one which requires us all to be sympathetic, open and honest about.
Clare - 17-May-15 @ 3:24 PM
@nadia. Take a look at our article on Rules Surrounding Home Schooling here. For some useful links to good sites take a look at the links we suggested to @shazza2679 in the comments below that article.
LawAndParents - 3-Nov-14 @ 2:08 PM
Hello, I am considering home teaching for my kids due to different issues at their school. Please Kindly advise what steps I need to take and is there a specific academic circilum for the primary Schools that I will have to follow. Please advise where I can get all the information I need to Start this process of home schooling. Thank you. Kind regards, Nadia
Nadia - 2-Nov-14 @ 3:11 PM
Load of rubbish. Schools very rarely suspend students because it makes the school look bad. All they ever do about bullying is give a quick telling off, unless someone coloured says they are being bullied in which case they instantly go completely over the top and take the student out of lessons just to shout at them and don't even consider the fact that it is perfectly possible for coloured people to lie.
Bob - 24-Dec-12 @ 1:26 AM
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