More powers could be given to those in teaching jobs to help protect vulnerable children from bullying and maintain classroom order.
Education secretary Michael Gove, writing in yesterday's (June 13th's) News of the World, said the new government was making the tackling of bullying a top priority.
While he said figures indicated that incidents were decreasing, more could be done to allow those with jobs in education to deal with problems when they arise.
"We can be proud of the vast majority of young people. But when bullies are identified, we can't just suspend them for a couple of days and then allow them to saunter back into school," he said.
Any new powers are set to be included in the government's education and children's bill, which is due in the autumn.
Figures from the charity Beatbullying suggest that almost half of all suicides by children aged between ten and 14 are due to victimisation by other youngsters.
Posted by Harriet McGowan