I believe that parents will be encouraged that schools are signing up to our "no-tolerance" approach to bullying, adopting a "Charter for action", and that more than 5,000 educators have attended our Make the difference conferences across the country.
Bullying is not and has never been a "natural part of growing up," "character building" or an inevitable symptom of modern life. It not only damages children's life chances but frequently manifests itself in anti-social behaviour and violence on our streets.
Whether verbal, physical or social exclusion, repetitive and sustained attacks on children have a lasting effect and I make no apologies for tackling this head on.
Ivan Lewis MP
Minister for skills and vocational education Department for Education and Skills Westminster, London SW1