Bullying (Schools)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:16 pm on 16th June 2010.

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Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Conservative, North Swindon 4:16 pm, 16th June 2010

The Minister has set out some excellent actions to take within the school environment and now he is touching on actions to take outside that environment, such as on journeys to and from school, which Annette Brooke spoke about; but does that apply also to social network sites and cyber-bullying, which are not under the direct control of schools or teachers?

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Vicky Gleed
Posted on 22 Nov 2010 12:09 pm (Report this annotation)

I would like to contribute to this debate.

I was bullied at school myself and have now decided to put my previous experiences to good use by promoting bullying in Swindon schools and by fundraising for charities in Swindon who help and support people who are being bullied and other issues that children may have.

I am going to be contacting you directly Justin as well as Robert Buckland, for more information on how you are working with Swindon Borough Council/local schools to implement what the Schools Minister Nick Gibb has said

"That’s why the Coalition agreement that unites the Government gives priority to tackling bullying and raising standards of behaviour in the classroom.

There are three clear principles behind the Government’s position:

•We can’t allow any young person to go to school dreading the treatment they will get.
•When a bullied child is brave enough to speak out, we must support them – not the bully.
•When bullies are identified, we can’t just suspend them for a couple of days and then allow them to saunter back into school to torment their victims all over again"

Quote taken from Department for Education website, dated 15th November 2010.

Thank you,

Vicky Gleed