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Bullying

Bullying can have a detrimental effect on both children’s personal as well as school life, with potential to have effects such as lower self esteem and other wider mental health issues, absenteeism and as a result lower achievement.

Information about bullying is taken from the Every Child Matters (ECM) survey, which was carried out in participating primary and secondary schools in Herefordshire in the spring of 2009.  As different questions were appropriate for different age groups, the results are presented separately for each.

Year 11+ students in the Further Education sector and other young people aged 15-18 contacted via a postcard to their homes completed an online survey. All were undertaken anonymously.  Approximately 6,500 pupils took part in 23 primary schools and 10 secondary schools in Herefordshire.  Over 500 young people took part in the online survey.  The survey was also carried out in other areas of the country, so for some questions local results can also be compared to the wider sample.

Early years (years 1-3, ages 5-8)

• 39% of pupils said that they worried about going to school because of other children at least sometimes.

Primary school pupils (years 4-6, ages 8-11)

• 40% of pupils said that they had been bullied at or near school in the last 12 months.
• 10% said they had bullied someone else in the last 12 months, 15% didn’t know if they had.
• 12% reported being a victim of teasing, name calling and threats, 9% said they had been left out or ignored and 8% reported being shoved, kicked or had belongings taken.
• 17% of pupils said bullying wasn’t a problem in their school.  Another 51% of pupils said bullying was dealt with well in their school, 16% said ‘badly’ or ‘not at all’.
• Herefordshire pupils are more likely to say that they had been bullied in the last 12 months. 38% of Herefordshire pupils compared with 29% in the wider sample.

Secondary School pupils (years 7-10, ages 11-15)

• 25% of pupils said that they had been bullied at or near school in the last 12 months. 8% said that they had bullied someone else in the past 12 months.
• 45% of pupils think that their school deals with bullying at least ‘quite well’. 7% said that bullying wasn’t a problem in their school.

Ages 15+, online survey

• 19% said that they had been bullied in the last 12 months.  When asked where the bullying had take place 45% said at school/college/work.
• 6% said that they had bullied someone else in the past 12 months.
• 16% said that they had experienced cyber bullying at least once in the past 12 months.

Source: Every Child Matters Survey 2009

Last updated: Monday, August 07, 2017