More than a quarter of parents say schools not dealing with bullying effectively

More than a quarter of parents whose child was bullied in the East Riding say their school did not deal with it well, a new survey suggests.

Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 5:00 pm
Ofsted asked 1,703 parents if they agreed that their school had dealt with bullying quickly and effectively, between the start of the 2019-20 school year and this April. Photo: PA Images

With figures showing tens of thousands of parents nationwide expressing similar fears, anti-bullying charities have warned bullying can “devastate lives” and seriously affect a child’s wellbeing.

Ofsted asked 1,703 parents if they agreed that their school had dealt with bullying quickly and effectively, between the start of the 2019-20 school year and this April.

Of them, 630 said the question applied to them, of whom 26% disagreed or strongly disagreed that the school had acted in this way.

More than half (51%) agreed with the statement, while the remaining 23% said they did not know.

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

A Department for Education spokeswoman said: “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 consequences for their mental health.

“All schools are legally required to have a behaviour policy with measures to prevent all forms of bullying.”