Research published on extent of bullying in England

The Department for Education has published a research report on the prevalence and nature of bullying in England. Responses to interviews carried out with over 10,000 year 11 young people in 2015 were compared with the answers they gave the previous year, and with those from another group of year 11s carried out in 2006.

The research found that a significantly smaller proportion of year 11 pupils reported having been bullied in the last 12 months than the year before – from 37% in year 10 to 30% in year 11.

There was also a small fall in bullying rates compared to 2006 – falling from 29.1% to 28.6%. However, these rates exclude cyberbullying to allow for a direct comparison between 2006 and 2015.

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