Henry Hepburn

Schools’ attitudes to bullying have greatly improved

Increasing numbers of schools are embracing positive behaviour policies and conflict resolution. Are the bully’s days numbered, asks Henry Hepburn

Schools’ attitudes to bullying have greatly improved

Bullying is not a phase nor a rite of passage, not something to be endured like a cold shower – a brief rush of unpleasantness before you step out unmarked on the other side. The effects of bullying can linger for decades; they can entirely distort a person’s self-perception. Even apparently more innocuous examples of bullying, forgotten by the perpetrators as quickly as they are inflicted, can do lasting damage – a casual moment of cruelty can be a thorn in the side that is never fully removed.

School, for so many pupils over the generations, has been less a cold shower, more a neverending ...

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