Bullying is still rife in schools. Here's how teachers can tackle it

Elizabeth Nassem

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Many people will know what it feels like to be bullied. Despite a wealth of research and well-meaning interventions at a local level, bullying is still a common problem in UK schools (pdf) – and associated with depression, anxiety and even suicide.
Schools are legally obliged to tackle bullying, but they may not have had the adequate guidance or training to do so, meaning that attempts to address it often focus on the more obvious forms of bullying, such as physical aggression, and overlook the children’s views.
I have researched bullying for more than 10 years and implemented interventions in schools since 2014. My most recent intervention included 13 schools over a period of five months, and found that the most effective approaches enable children to play a leading role in resolving bullying.
We can get more students involved in advocating for an anti-bullying culture – here are some ways to get started.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGuardian Newspaper
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • school
  • bullying
  • Pupil voice


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