Why your anti-bullying strategy isn’t working

With recent studies throwing into question everything we thought we knew about bullying, is your school’s prevention policy really up to scratch? Helen Amass surveys the latest research and finds that even the most stringent strategies could be dangerously out of date

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You know what a bully looks like. You can even point one out in your classroom. It’s Sean; the big kid, right there, who is constantly in trouble for being physically aggressive and pushing other kids around.

You know how to deal with bullying, too. Your school’s behaviour policy has a clear set of escalating sanctions to apply: first comes detention, then isolation, and finally, exclusion. Meanwhile, the school runs an anti-bullying programme to dissuade pupils from bullying, and to make clear the reporting process if any student is bullied.

And it all seems to work. Last time you checked, ...

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