The Anti-Bullying Alliance has emphasized the need for better training for staff to address bullying and reduce its impact on children.
City of York Council stated that the city’s bullying figures are lower than the national average and that there are effective systems in place in schools to address the issue.
Ofsted figures for the year up to September 2023 revealed that 27% of parents in York disagreed with how their child’s school handled bullying, compared to 32% of parents across England.
Martha Evans, director of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, stressed the importance of addressing bullying and equipping staff to tackle the problem effectively.
Additionally, Councillor Bob Webb, executive member for children, young people, and education at City of York Council, emphasized the seriousness with which schools in York address bullying and the support available to students.
Minister for children, families, and wellbeing, David Johnston, has highlighted the government’s commitment to addressing and preventing bullying through various initiatives and funding for anti-bullying organizations.