Bullying damages pupil's academic ability, report claims

Bullying has a significant impact on the victim's ability to learn, report from an anti-bullying charity has found. The Annual Bullying Survey showed a direct correlation between bullying and a negative impact on the victim's education.

Report shows 'profound effect' bullying has on studies

Fresh data has shown the "profound effect" bullying has on the victim's ability to learn, their self-esteem and their future, according to a charity chief.

Liam Hackett, founder and chief executive officer of Ditch the Label, said:

Our survey shows the profound effect bullying is having upon the studies, self-esteem and future prospects of millions of young people across the UK.

It is my hope that our research, message and intervention programs will be used not only to raise awareness of the severity of bullying but will also help us to reframe the prejudices and perceptions within wider society.

– Liam Hackett

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'Almost half' of young people bullied

Some 45% of young people have experienced bullying before they turn 18, with the majority mocked about their personal appearance, according to a report.

The Annual Bullying Survey found:

  • A further 61% said they had been physically attacked.
  • Some 30% went on to self-harm and 10% attempted suicide.
  • More than 80% of the pupils who took part in the survey said bullying had knocked their self-esteem.
  • A further 10% said they had been sexually assaulted while being bullied.

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Report: Bullying 'damaging a child's ability to learn'

Children and young adults who are bullied are more likely to have their academic performance damaged and achieve lower grades at GCSE, according to research.

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Children who are bullied are more likely to struggle with the academic side of school, the report said. Credit: PA

The Annual Bullying Survey, published by Brighton-based anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label, has highlighted a direct correlation between bullying and the negative impact it has on education.

Some 56% of bullied pupils said they felt the abuse they suffered had a detrimental impact on their education and those experiencing bullying were more likely to achieve a grade D or below at GCSE level.

Pupils achieving an A* or A grade in English were more likely to have never been bullied, with 41% claiming they had received the top marks.

More than 30 schools and colleges were involved in the study, which is based on the answers of 3,600 people aged 13 to 18.

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