'Positive indication' Bucks schools take bullying seriously, says report

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5:44am 7th December 2017

A new report about bullying in Buckinghamshire says there's 'positive indication' that schools ARE taking the matter seriously.

It's been produced by a county council select committee to look at the work being done here to tackle the problem.

Yvette Thomas wrote it - she says workshops they've held has sparked brilliant work from the students themselves.

"They are doing presentations to their classmates, they are running assemblies, they are lobbying for notice boards that are just about bullying. They are setting buddy systems, and peace areas in their playgrounds so that in that area no-one is allowed to argue or quarrel."

"We use the young people to champion the issue when they go back into school and with their teacher who attends [the workshop] with them, they develop an action plan and a commitment of what they are going to be doing in school."

From the report:

  • Over the last three years Thames Valley Police has seen a 43% increase in reported hate crimes. The vast majority of incidents have been racially motivated but people are also being persecuted because of their religion, sexual orientation or disabilities.
  • Between July and September last year 14,000 hate crime incidents were documented nationally, the highest level recorded since reporting began in 2012. ( Huffington Post 2017)
  • Amnesty launched an urgent campaign on racism in the UK amid a rise in reported hate crime in June 2016.
  • In 2016/17 based on Thames Valley Police records, the Anti-bullying survey and soft intelligence from a cross range of officers and professionals working in schools across the County we can see there are parallels to be drawn with national data linked to key local regional or international events e.g. Terrorist attacks, after the EU referendum and after the US elections.
  • It is important to note that we are not complacent and have continued to support schools to tackle all forms of discrimination and bullying and acknowledge the local and national increase in hate crimes and the anecdotal information from schools about the increase at certain key times in bullying and discriminatory incidents that they have recorded at school.

You can read the full report here.

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