Bullying Is ‘Impacting’ School Grades of Victims

A report into bullying which spoke to 3600 students aged between 13 and 18 found that around a quarter of teenagers in the UK say bullying is affecting their studies and causing their GCSE grades to drop.

Anti-bullying charity Ditch The Label says 56% of bullied pupils felt it was having an impact on their education. The research shows they were more likely to achieve a grade D or below at GCSE level.

Almost one in three have gone on to self-harm, with 10% attempting to kill themselves.

“A lot of young people find it embarrassing to talk about bullying and often teachers are their first port of call. “The government need to be funding more training for teachers.”

The Department of Education response to this are:

“No child should have to suffer the fear and victimisation of bullying.”

“Bullying and discrimination of any kind must not be tolerated and every school is required by law to have measures in place to prevent it.

“We have strengthened teachers’ powers, including the power to investigate allegations beyond the school gates, delete inappropriate images from phones and give out same day detentions.

“We are also providing more money to a range of anti- bullying organisations to help schools develop strategies to tackle the problem and deal with the impact when it occurs.”

source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/27042526

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