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magazine article | Published in TES Newspaper on 18 October, 2002 | By: Matthew Brown


* DfES. All schools should have a copy of Bullying - Don't Suffer in Silence: an anti-bullying pack for schools. Includes a video and advice on policy, strategies, working with parents and improving the environment. Also contains case studies, a comprehensive list of resources, and advice for pupils, parents and families. 020 7925 5637. Also on the DfES anti-bullying website: or

* ChildLine (, primarily a helpline for children, also campaigns on particular issues. Chips (ChildLine in Partnership with Schools) encourages schools to support pupils in setting up peer support and anti-bullying projects. Tel: 020 7239 1000. Free 24-hour helpline: 0800 1111.

* Anti-Bullying Campaign advice line for parents and children. Tel: 020 7378 1446.

* Kidscape ( Advice for children, parents and teachers, and a bullying counsellor. Also provides training and sample policies. Tel: 020 7730 3300.

* The theatre in education group CragRats ( tackles issues such as bullying, drugs and alcohol awareness and sexual health. Put-upon John portrays the consequences of bullying on a young boy by two classmates. Aimed at key stage 3 and 4 pupils. Tel: 01484 686451 or email


* Bullying: an annotated bibliography and resources, by Alison Skinner (Youth Work Press £4.88). Tel: National Youth Agency, 0116 285 3700.

* Tackling Bullying in Your School: a practical handbook for teachers, edited by Sonia Sharp and Peter Smith (Routledge £18.99).

* School Bullying: insights and perspectives, edited by Sonia Sharp and Peter Smith (Routledge £18.99).

* The Anti-bullying Handbook, by Keith Sullivan (Oxford University Press £9.99).

Children's books guides

* Children's Books About Bullying, a comprehensive books for keeps guide, covers most titles published before 1999. £5, order on 020 8852 4953. Website:

* Bullying Booklist by Jane Doggett: mostly children's books, up to 1998. Lucky Duck for the Gloucestershire School Library Service £6.


* Collins Plays Plus. The Bully, by Jan Needle (HarperCollins £6.25). Gripping script that asks pupils to examine who is the bully and who the victim, suitable for classwork and school production with suggested background activities.

* Plays with Attitude: Twisted, by Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters (Hodder Wayland £4.99). An hour-long play on bullying, friendships and peer pressure.

Curriculum materials

* How to stop bullying, by Michelle Elliott and Jane Kilpatrick. Kidscape training guide. Includes 90 exercises. £19.

* Promoting positive behaviour: activities for preventing bullying in primary schools. Headstart. Tel: 020 7247 9489.


* Sticks and Stones. Carlton TV. £20, plus £2 p&p and VAT. Tel: 0121 643 9898.

* The Trouble With Tom. Carlton TV. £10.99, plus £2.35 p&p and VAT. Tel: 0121 643 9898 or email clip_sales@carlton

Other websites

* Bullying Online ( has advice for parents and children, legal advice, problem pages and tips on coping.

* Bullywatch ( includes comprehensive examples of a whole-school anti-bullying policy, and information for pupils, parents and teachers.

For parents

* Parentline Plus (www. National helpline for parents. Tel: 0808 800 2222.

* Advisory Centre for Education advice line for parents. Tel: 020 7354 8321.

* 101 Ways to Deal with Bullying: a guide for parents, by Michelle Elliott (Hodder and Stoughton £6.99).

Academic research

* Goldsmiths ( tmr). Work on the nature and prevention of bullying led by Professor Peter Smith at Goldsmiths College, London, including information about bullying in other European countries.

* University of Central Lancashire ( psychol/bully). Research site, with links to other sites.

* Roehampton. Helen Cowie's work on peer support schemes, and a peer support newsletter, is at


* Anti-Bullying network ( Masses of information, with sections for young people, parents, families and teachers. Links to guidance for schools. Tel: 0131 651 6100.

* Scottish Council for Research in Education ( has anti-bullying guides for parents and schools in Scotland.


* Countering bullying unit at Cardiff School of Education. Resource centre that publishes booklets, packs and videos. Tel: Maria Thomas, 029 2041 6781.

Other publications

Fiction for children

* Ganging Up, by Alan Gibbons (Dolphin £2.99). A gripping tale that entwines two themes close to the pre-pubescent male's heart: football and being bullied by older boys. Add close observation of inner-city life, the pressures on families when Dad is made redundant and the puzzles for their sons of male role modelling and you have a good book for the recalcitrant reader aged 10-14.

* Whose Side Are You On?, by Alan Gibbons (HarperCollins £6.25). This tale of bullying and racism takes on a new perspective when the hero goes back in time to a slave plantation in 18th-century Jamaica.

* Getting Rid of Karenna, by Helena Pielichaty (OUP £3.99). Suzanne can remember the pain caused by the bullying that drove her to the brink of a breakdown. It's three years since Karenna left the school and Suzanne is putting it all behind her. Then Karenna returns.

* Ghost Writer, by Julia Jarman (Andersen Press £9.99). Frankie wants to stay in the school he likes and ignore the bullying teacher who thinks "dyslexic" means lazy. Who is the ghost boy writing on the blackboard?

Non-fiction for children

* Get off my Back! Poems about bullying, edited by John Foster (Collins £25.99).

* Gangs and Bullies, by Rosemary Stones (Evans Brothers - Books for Children £7.99). Examines what sort of person becomes a bully or a victim and gives advice on how schools and individuals can deal with it. Case studies included.

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