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Bullying on the decline, research shows

19/11/2014 Kelly
Bullying is declining in England's secondary schools, with thousands fewer pupils suffering the abuse compared with a decade ago.

A Department for Education study reveals there has been a five percentage point drop in the number of 13 year-olds who reported being bullied in the previous 12 months between 2004 and 2013.

In addition, the number of pupils who said they had been victims of violent bullying declined from 18 per cent to 13 per cent, while 10,000 fewer pupils reported being bullied every day - down from ten per cent to eight per cent.

Published during anti-bullying week, the research compared 15,700 13-year-olds in 2004 with 13,100 in 2013.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan praised parents, charities and those in teaching jobs for their work, but urged them to continue their efforts to eliminate the behaviour, which is parents' number one concern.

"There is no place for bullying in our schools and we are determined to support those on the front line to tackle it," she added. 

"To help this we have strengthened teachers' powers to tackle bullying and are providing more than £4 million to anti-bullying organisations that are working with schools and children to further tackle the problem."

According to a recent report by Stonewall, there has also been a reduction in homophobic bullying. The number of secondary school teachers saying their pupils are often or very often the victim of this type of behaviour has almost halved since 2009.

Last month, the government announced a £2 million fund for projects to address homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools.

Teachers have also been given greater powers to tackle bullying, including the authority to investigate allegations beyond the school gates, delete inappropriate images from phones and give out same-day detentions.

The government has also taken measures to ensure children are better educated about the dangers of the internet, which forms part of the new national curriculum.

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