Today’s Education in the media blog focuses on our aim to tackle bullying in schools.
Today, Monday 3 September, the Diana Award published findings from a survey which suggests that many children have worried about returning to school after the summer, due to a fear of bullying. This story has been covered by the Telegraph, the Metro, the Daily Mail, the Sun and the Daily Star.
We are working with many organisations, including the Diana Award themselves, to combat the issue of bullying in schools. From 2019, the new Relationships and Sex Education curriculum will also heavily focus on educating pupils about values and tackling bullying issues.
Minister for School Standards Nick Gibb said:
"No child should worry about returning to school out of fear of being bullied. Since this government came into office, improving pupil behaviour has been a key part of our education reforms. We are also working with organisations, including the Diana Award, to support schools to tackle bullying. Schools are required by law to have a behaviour policy in place to prevent all forms of bullying and from next year they will have new guidance on how to teach Relationships Education to their pupils, which includes teaching pupils about respect, tolerance and addresses issues such as online safety."
Today, Monday 3 September, the Home Secretary, Sajid David, will give a speech where he will outline his plans to tackle child abuse.
You will be able to find the full speech here later today.