8:03 am, Sat 06 Jul 2013
Education Secretary Michael Gove has condemned the use of the word 'gay' as an insult in schools.
Speaking at a education conference run by gay rights group Stonewall, Mr Gove said he thought that “language in playgrounds that wasn’t effectively policed.”
“It’s utterly outrageous and medieval to think that to use the word gay as an insult is somehow acceptable,” he said.
Conference attendees said the politician was challenged by singer Will Young over the handling of homophobic bullying in schools:
2:42 am, Tue 02 Jul 2013
One in five NHS workers said they have been bullied by colleagues and almost half reported they have witnessed bullying in the last six months, according to a new survey.
Managers were the worst offenders, with increasing workloads and the workplace culture contributory factors, the study published in the online journal BMJ Open said. The study found:
Almost 20% of respondents had been bullied by colleagues within the past six months, ranging from rarely to daily
43% had witnessed other staff being bullied occasionally in the past six months, with 5% witnessing it weekly or daily
Only 2.7%-14% of staff reported bullying to someone in authority
Almost 3,000 NHS staff who work in a range of roles at seven trusts across the North East of England answered a questionnaire for the study by Professor Jan Illing of Durham University.
6:35 am, Thu 26 Jul 2012
Primary school children are being suspended from school increasingly often for assaulting their teachers and classmates, according to official figures. Daybreak's Richard Gaisford reports:
3:16 am, Tue 19 Jun 2012
Name-calling 'rife in schools'
Some teachers were not aware how frequently name-calling is being used in schools, says a new report
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A report has raised concerns that some teachers were not aware how frequently name-calling is being used in schools.
The Ofsted report, based on visits to 56 schools and discussions with around 2,000 pupils and staff, looked at the best ways that schools can prevent and tackle bullying.
It said it was clear that pupils were using derogatory language outside of the classrooms, such as in the playground, although at times it spilled over into lessons.
12:40 am, Tue 19 Jun 2012
Name-calling 'rife in schools'
Name-calling is often dismissed as simply 'banter', a new report has found
Name-calling is rife in many schools, but is often dismissed as simply "banter", according to a new Ofsted report into bullying.
It found that pupils are using insults relating to sexuality, intelligence, race, appearance and family circumstances, with some saying it was acceptable if the words were being used between friends.
But while students admit to using language that they know is inappropriate, the report also raises concerns that some teachers were not aware how frequently it was being used.
12:30 am, Fri 27 Apr 2012
Bully victims 'prone to self harm'
Children bullied during their early years are up to three times more likely to self harm than their class-mates when they reach adolescence, a study by King's College London, has revealed.
According to its findings, around half of 12-year-olds who subject themselves to deliberate injury were frequently picked on.
The research, which has been published in the British Medical Journal, also showed victimised children with mental health difficulties and those from troubled families were at greater risk of resorting to destructive behaviour which could have serious long-term effects in later life.