Preventing bullying

Updated guidance from the Department of Education Preventing and tackling bullying  provides advice for headteachers, staff and governing bodies.

It outlines:

  • the government’s approach to bullying
  • legal obligations and the powers schools have to tackle bullying
  • the principles which underpin the most effective anti-bullying strategies in schools.

The guidance gives definitions of bullying and cyberbullying and examples of what schools which are successful in preventing and managing pupils do, such as:

  • Involve pupils. All pupils understand the school’s approach and are clear about the part they can play to prevent bullying, including when they find themselves as bystanders
  • Provide effective staff training. Anti-bullying policies are most effective when all school staff understand the principles and purpose of the school’s policy, its legal responsibilities regarding bullying, how to resolve problems, and where to seek support.
  • Make it easy for pupils to report bullying so that they are assured that they will be listened to and incidents acted on. Pupils should feel that they can report bullying which may have occurred outside school including cyber-bullying