Bullying sees more than 400 youngsters switch schools

Halstead Gazette: Bullying sees more than 400 youngsters switch schools Bullying sees more than 400 youngsters switch schools

More than 400 pupils each year ask to switch schools in Essex after becoming victims of bullying.

The figures, revealed in a Freedom of Information response by Essex County Council (ECC), show there have been almost 1,100 applications in the last three years.

Responsibility for dealing with bullying lies with individual schools, an ECC spokesman said.

The amount of applications to switch schools, citing bullying as the reason, has remained consistent over time.

In 2012/13, ECC received 441 applications, only two fewer than the previous academic year.

An ECC spokesman said: “We are always looking at ways in which we can support our schools to tackle bullying."

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11:14am Sat 24 May 14

howwhy says...

400 children change schools due to bullying. Essex County Council take responsibility for whats happening to these youngsters.
400 children change schools due to bullying. Essex County Council take responsibility for whats happening to these youngsters. howwhy
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12:25pm Sat 24 May 14

jesswhite says...

I completely understand this, I went to hedingham school for 3 years before deciding to switch to Ramsey because I could not cope with the bullying. It is not only down to the council to sort out this issue but for schools to provide more support for their students especially hedingham who seem to worry more about their results rather than the wellbeing of their students, maybe if I was supported more during my time at hedingham school I would not have felt like I needed to leave. But as soon as I started Ramsey everything changed I was happier and no longer being bullied. It just goes to show that on some of the 'best' schools in our area aren't doing enough to support students but the ones that are considered to be terrible have the happier students, no Ramsey may not have such good results as hedingham but they certainly treat their students better.
I completely understand this, I went to hedingham school for 3 years before deciding to switch to Ramsey because I could not cope with the bullying. It is not only down to the council to sort out this issue but for schools to provide more support for their students especially hedingham who seem to worry more about their results rather than the wellbeing of their students, maybe if I was supported more during my time at hedingham school I would not have felt like I needed to leave. But as soon as I started Ramsey everything changed I was happier and no longer being bullied. It just goes to show that on some of the 'best' schools in our area aren't doing enough to support students but the ones that are considered to be terrible have the happier students, no Ramsey may not have such good results as hedingham but they certainly treat their students better. jesswhite
  • Score: 10

12:35pm Sat 24 May 14

howwhy says...

Well said Jesswhite. A happy student will be a learned student.
Well said Jesswhite. A happy student will be a learned student. howwhy
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5:34pm Sun 25 May 14

Bhudeeka says...

I see that nothing has changed and teachers refuse to fo anything about bullying habing said that most teachers at my school were bullies themselvdes
I see that nothing has changed and teachers refuse to fo anything about bullying habing said that most teachers at my school were bullies themselvdes Bhudeeka
  • Score: 3

5:13pm Mon 26 May 14

howwhy says...

I must admit I agree with Bhudeeka.
I must admit I agree with Bhudeeka. howwhy
  • Score: 1

9:26am Tue 27 May 14

The Stinker Returns says...

I went to school in Brentwood in the 70/80s and bullying was rare and when it happened it was dealt with swiftly, usually by the students themselves or a teacher prepared to stick their neck out. And then the parents were made aware and the kids were bothered enough for this to be a bad thing. I think there is a wooly definition of what bullying actually is. Kids these days will think they're being bullied if someone unfriends them on Facebook or they're denied chicken nuggets for tea.
I went to school in Brentwood in the 70/80s and bullying was rare and when it happened it was dealt with swiftly, usually by the students themselves or a teacher prepared to stick their neck out. And then the parents were made aware and the kids were bothered enough for this to be a bad thing. I think there is a wooly definition of what bullying actually is. Kids these days will think they're being bullied if someone unfriends them on Facebook or they're denied chicken nuggets for tea. The Stinker Returns
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9:38pm Tue 27 May 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Bhudeeka wrote:
I see that nothing has changed and teachers refuse to fo anything about bullying habing said that most teachers at my school were bullies themselvdes
Oh oh. I find my self agreeing with Bhudeeka. What next? UKIP wins an election ...

Eh? Am I a bit behind? Always running behind, me.

Oh, shut that door!
[quote][p][bold]Bhudeeka[/bold] wrote: I see that nothing has changed and teachers refuse to fo anything about bullying habing said that most teachers at my school were bullies themselvdes[/p][/quote]Oh oh. I find my self agreeing with Bhudeeka. What next? UKIP wins an election ... Eh? Am I a bit behind? Always running behind, me. Oh, shut that door! /@|_|@\
  • Score: 2

6:00pm Sat 31 May 14

/@|_|@\ says...

No, sorry to contradict you, 'coljan' but it is NOT rampant "nowadays". It is endemic and always has been. Whether from the teachers to the pupils or inter-pupil hazing. Ever heard of the british "public" school system? The grammar schools? Read much? Tom Brown's Schooldays, perhaps?

Maybe they were, in between fitting you for the new rose coloured specs, teaching that 'merican rubbish like Tom Sawyer or To Kill a Mocking Bird instead of proper english literature. In which case I understand and must rally behind dear old Mr. Gove.
No, sorry to contradict you, 'coljan' but it is NOT rampant "nowadays". It is endemic and always has been. Whether from the teachers to the pupils or inter-pupil hazing. Ever heard of the british "public" school system? The grammar schools? Read much? Tom Brown's Schooldays, perhaps? Maybe they were, in between fitting you for the new rose coloured specs, teaching that 'merican rubbish like Tom Sawyer or To Kill a Mocking Bird instead of proper english literature. In which case I understand and must rally behind dear old Mr. Gove. /@|_|@\
  • Score: 0

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