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Bucks parents unhappy with schools reaction to bullying

Nearly a quarter of parents in the county disagree that schools deal with the issue well.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 11:51am 24th June 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks parents unhappy with schools reaction to bullying

Buckinghamshire parents have responded to a survey about bullying in schools. 

Nearly a quarter of parents in Buckinghamshire have said they do not think their child's school deals with bullying well.

A new survey from Ofsted asked 3,704 parents in Bucks if they agree bullying is dealt with quickly and effectively between the start of the 2019-2020 school year to this April. 

Of them 24% either disagreed or strongly disagreed. 

In Buckinghamshire, 5% of parents also said their child was not happy at their school, and 4% said their child did not feel safe.

Anti-bullying charity Bullies Out said no school can claim not to have any bullying.

Linda James, the founder of Bullies Out, said:

"Bullying is an issue of strategic, as well as operational, importance. It is not ‘kids being kids’ or ‘part of growing up’.

"It can devastate lives and seriously affect a person’s academic, social, emotional and physical well-being.

"For a school to reduce bullying, the emphasis must be placed on creating a culture of acceptance, tolerance and respect."

Kidscape, an organisation that helps children cope with bullying, said this "extremely varied" response is a result of an increasingly independent school system, with parents struggling to hold schools to account for not taking action.

Chief executive Lauren Seager-Smith said:

"As an anti-bullying charity that supports children and families impacted by bullying, we are regularly in contact with children who do not feel safe in school, and parents who are frustrated by the lack of school action to address bullying."

A Department for Education spokeswoman said:

“Schools should be safe places where children are taught to respect each other and staff.

“The Government has sent a clear message to schools that bullying, whether it is in the playground or online, is unacceptable. It can have a devastating effect on individuals, harm their education and have serious and lasting consequences for their mental health.

“All schools are legally required to have a behaviour policy with measures to prevent all forms of bullying, and have the freedom to develop their own anti-bullying strategies and monitoring approaches to best suit their environment.”

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