Bullying rates down in Sutton Schools 22.06.10
Bullying in Sutton schools has dramatically reduced in the last year, according to new figures.
A survey conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research shows 25 per cent fewer children experienced bullying in Sutton schools in 2010.
Sutton Council has been working hard to support its schools to tackle bullying and is now seeing the effects.
The series of measures includes programmes for combating harassment or teasing and providing guidance on how best to manage incidents when they occur so they are not repeated.
As well as appropriate sanctions, important mediation work helps perpetrators to realise the effects of their actions so they change their behaviour.
Victims are offered important support and help to raise their self esteem. Counselling is offered to both the victims and the bullies.
Cllr Kirsty Jerome, Executive Member for Education and Schools on Sutton Council, said: "We have been working closely with our schools to tackle bullying and ensure they are safe and tolerant places for young people to learn.
"I am thrilled that bullying has decreased so dramatically this year and I congratulate teachers and pupils for enabling this to happen."
Sutton Council is a member of Stonewall's Education Champions programme which provides support and guidance in tackling homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools.
Last updated: Thursday, 08 July 2010