BULLYING BROUGHT TO BOOK; Schools Must Record ALL Cases

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BULLYING BROUGHT TO BOOK; Schools Must Record ALL Cases


Byline: MARK ELLIS; VERNON COAKER

EVERY school must record all sexist, racist and homophobic bullying, the Government will announce today.

The clampdown on every type of bullying comes as education ministers are increasingly concerned by the scale of the problem.

A recent survey showed 48% of young people have experienced bullying in the past year. From next September all schools will be legally bound to keep details of every bullying case.

Ministers believe the records will help schools tackle the menace faster and better. And head teachers will have details at their fingertips when dealing with worried parents.

With all the details of serious or repeated cases logged by local Town Halls, education experts will get a better picture of the scale of the problem and measure trends.

Abuse and bullying of school staff will also have to be recorded and sent to councils.

Schools minister Vernon Coaker said: "Bullying can ruin lives and can leave a lasting impact on young people.Every child should be able to learn in an environment free from fear of bullying of any kind."

Mr Coaker said many schools were already recording bullying cases, but added: "However, I want to make sure that all schools have measures in place to prevent and tackle bullying and show they are taking it seriously. There is no place for bullying in our schools."

Schools will also get guidance on sexist, sexual and homophobic bullying to give teachers advice to help deal with sensitive cases. …

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