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Pupils: Bullying

Department for Education written question – answered on 30th December 2015.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 9 December (HL4113), whether instances of bullying and abuse of children and young people via social media networks are reported, recorded and included in those exclusions statistics.

Photo of The Earl of Courtown The Earl of Courtown Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

Incidents of bullying and abuse of children and young people via social media by pupils which resulted in exclusions are reported to the Department. The Department publishes these incidents in its annual exclusions statistics. The latest statistics were published on 30 July 2015 and can be found online at GOV.UK.

The school census guidance provided to schools and local authorities for the 2015/16 academic year explicitly includes cyber bullying in the bullying exclusion category for the first time.

Prior to this, the guidance for the bullying category only specifically referenced verbal, physical and homophobic bullying.

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