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bullying impacting on attainment

20 November 2012

Recent research has found that talented pupils are scared of showing off their skills or talents though fear of being targeted by bullies. At the start of Anti-Bullying week in the UK this is clearly a topic which needs addressing.

Anti-bullying week this year is focussing on bullying and its effects on achievement. When pupils are worrying about excelling in sports or academia due to the fear of bullying, the issue needs tackling to prevent this becoming ingrained in school communities. This type of bullying has far ranging impacts on pupils social, extra-curricular and academic choices, both in and out of school.

Schools are already tackling bullying as a high priority, especially with increased focus placed on pupil behaviour and safety by Ofsted. However, schools need support. Parents in particular need to understand the stance schools take in respect of bullying to ensure they can engage and show their commitment to helping the school foster a positive school culture.

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