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Bullying and what to do about it

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'Rights, Respect and Responsibility' - the impact in Hampshire schools - Covell and Howie research

Types of bullying

Educational Needs (SEN), Disability


Prevalence of bullying for those with SEN

Evidence cited

  1. Primary school pupils with special educational needs are twice as likely as other children to suffer from persistent bullying, according to new research published by the Institute of Education (IOE), University of London.

    The study, the largest of its kind to be carried out in England, analysed information on more than 19,000 children and adolescents born in the early 1990s and 2000s.

    Researchers from the IOE’s Centre for Longitudinal Studies and the London School of Economics examined the prevalence of bullying at ages 7 and 15 among children with different types of cognitive and physical impairments.

    Seventeen per cent of children and teenagers had special educational needs, of whom 4 to 5 per cent had a ‘statement’ outlining what additional support they should receive at school. Children with statements of need are generally those with the most severe learning difficulties.

    At age 7, 12 per cent of children with special needs and 11 per cent of those with a statement said they were bullied ‘all of the time’ by other pupils, compared to just 6 per cent of their non-disabled peers.
  2. Research indicates that the rates of vulnerability to bullying for young people with SEN and/or disabilities are very significant. Reports suggest that, for example, bullying may have been experienced by:

    83 per cent (or roughly eight out of ten) of young people with learning difficulties (see, for example, Luciano and Savage 2007, and Mencap 2007)
  3. Over 90 per cent of parents of children with Asperger Syndrome reported that their child had been bullied in the previous 12 months.L. Little, 'Middle-Class Mothers' Perceptions of Peer and Sibling Victimisation among Children with Asperger's Syndrome and Non-Verbal Learning Disorders' (2002) 25(1) Issues in Comprehensive Paediatric Nursing pp. 43 - 57.

(from Anti-Bullying Alliance 2014)

Special Educational Needs (SEN), Disability


Homophobic bullying


Trans* Inclusion Schools Toolkit

The Reach Teaching Resource on prejudice-based bullying is awarded the PSHE Association Quality Mark

EACH (Educational Action Challenging Homophobia) has produced the Reach Teaching Resource, to help explore and challenge the vital issue of homophobic bullying.

It has been designed to support teachers and those working with young people to open up a dialogue around homophobia, sexism and cyberbullying.

'Reach' includes a range of high quality teaching and learning material broken into lessons appropriate for years 7 to 13 (Key Stages 3, 4 and 5).  Much of the learning is 'open ended' allowing pupils to explore, clarify and challenge their own attitudes and values. The resource pack includes lesson plans, group activity prompts, information about National Curriculum Links and a DVD containing 13 short films.

How to get the resource

The resource is available for a one–off payment of £35 plus postage and packaging. Secondary schools, colleges and complementary agencies in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Bristol are entitled to a free copy of the Resource.

To register your interest in receiving a copy of the resource please e-mail with your name, contact details and institution’s address.

The PSHE Association’s Subject Lead Nick Boddington says that; “This is a really powerful relevant resource tackling an issue of vital importance to all schools and colleges. It will enable teachers to explore and reflect upon pupils’ experiences, values and existing knowledge to effectively challenge prejudice-based bullying.”