Ten thousand fewer pupils are being bullied every day than 10 years ago, a major new study of secondary school pupils has revealed.
The Department of Education report examines the experiences of two cohorts of Year 9 pupils, followed by the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England 2 (LSYPE2) and Next Steps (previously known as LSYPE1). This landmark study, which involved tens of thousands of 13-year-olds from 2004 and 2013, is one of the largest of its kind ever undertaken.
It shows bullying among Year 9 pupils has fallen dramatically since 2004. The findings show that when comparing 2013 to 2004:
A recent Stonewall report published over the summer also showed that homophobic bullying has fallen, with the number of secondary school teachers who say their pupils are often or very often the victim of homophobic bullying has almost halved since 2009. To further tackle this, the government announced last month a £2 million fund for projects to address homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools.
Speaking before the start of Anti-Bullying Week, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan praised teachers, charities and parents for their efforts. She also urged them to continue their “moral mission” to further reduce bullying, recognising that many parents consider it their number one concern about what happens at school.
“No child should have to suffer the fear and victimisation of bullying,” the Minister said. “Today’s figures show that our teachers, parents and charities have made great strides in reducing bullying, which I know is the number one concern of many parents.
“But even one child bullied is one too many, so I am calling on all teachers, charities and parents to continue this moral mission and reduce bullying further.”