Henry Hepburn

Patchy approach to bullying ‘is failing vulnerable pupils’

Inconsistent policies, inadequate training and new threats from social media are to blame, say MSPs

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Schools must improve “inconsistent” anti-bullying training for teachers, especially in light of new threats from social media, politicians have urged.

Schools are far less adept at tackling bullying than youth organisations such as the Scout Association, according to MSPs speaking at the Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee. The MSPs raised fears that inadequate training and inconsistent approaches left many teachers struggling to deal with bullying, a problem that was exacerbated by new threats to pupils’ safety from social media.

It has also emerged in the past week that 17 ...

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