Mapping the statistics: Moving to a shared understanding of the nature of bullying and violence in schools across Birmingham Local Education Authority. : Local Authority Report

Julie Shaughnessy, Dawn Jennifer

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The focus of this study was to map the scale and nature of bullying and violence in schools across Birmingham Local Authority. 2,132 pupils aged 9-to 14- years -old drawn from sixteen schools, including primary and secondary schools, a special school and a Pupil Referral Unit, participated. A self -complete anonymous questionnaire survey was conducted during the autumn term using an adapted version of the Revised Olweus Bully/Victim Questionnaire (1996). Results suggest that 40% of primary children and 33% of secondary children had been bullied "once or twice" or more. A significant relationship was observed between the number of friends a pupil reported having in their class and the extent of their bullying experiences. The most commonly experienced behaviour took the form of being given dirty looks (38%) and being lied about (30%). Gender differences were observed with girls significantly more likely to experience indirect forms of bullying and boys more likely to experience physical forms. A significant relationship between the gender of the victim and the gender of the perpetrator was observed, with boys more likely to report being bullied by one boy or by several boys, whereas girls were more likely to report being bullied by one girl or several girls. While the majority of bullying was reported to have occurred on the playground/schoo l field (79% of primary children and 69% of secondary children reported this), 31% of primary children and 49% of secondary children reported that it had occurred in the classroom with the teacher present. Pupils most commonly told their parent/carer and/or their friend about being bullied. A significant association between gender and telling about bullying was observed with girls more likely than boys to tell their friend. Key findings arediscussed in relation to previous large -scale studies. Recommendations for future policy and practice are considered. Project Aims The focus of the research was to support the Local Authority's (LA) development of its behaviour strategy through mapping the scale and nature of bullying and violence in schools across Birmingham, focusing on the perspectives of young people. It is intended that the research findings will contribute to the development of a cohesive and coherent approach to anti -social beha viour.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBirmingham LEA
Commissioning bodyBirmingham LEA
Number of pages61
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2007


  • Young Children, Youth
  • Bullying

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