1000 UK children a month move school due to bullying

1000 school children a month are being forced to move schools because of bullying new research released on November 30 from the New Schools Network has revealed.

The researchers say that 12,000 pupils a year in England were transferred as a result of bullying.  

Tory MP Suella Fernandes, a member of the House of Commons education select committee, said: “Although overall numbers of bullying and violence in schools have fallen over the last ten years, more can still be done to tackle bullying.”

A Department for Education spokesman said: “No child should face the fear and victimisation of bullying.”

Having to move school as a direct result of bullying can be extremely detrimental to both the child´s education and self-esteem.   The figure of 1000 pupils a month having to move school suggests that many more children are facing emotional or physical bullying at a lower yet still potentially damaging level.

The spokesman went on to say “We have increased support to teachers to tackle it and our figures show that thanks to the hard work of teachers and charities, 30,000 fewer children now face bullying compared to ten years ago.”  

What is often forgotten is that many types of bullying are illegal.  Physical violence, theft, repeated harassment, hate crime, threats as well as abusive text or social media messages, emails or phone calls can all result in police action.

Anti-discrimination law in England, Wales and Scotland means that school staff must act to prevent harassment, victimisation or discrimination with the school. 

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