Over 400 children every year are switching schools in Essex because of bullying.

Information released by Essex County Council shows that 443 pupils changed schools in 2012 compared with 441 in 2011.

Sion Humphreys, policy advisor to the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), said cases of cyber-bullying by telephone or over the internet were rising.

Most shockingly, the perpetrators of cyber-bullying were frequently found to be parents themselves.

“Schools can only act on the basis of evidence even when gut feeling may dictate that the accusations are grounded,” said Humphreys. “This is difficult for alleged victims and their parents to accept and is understandably a source of frustration and annoyance.”

Suzie Hayman, who is connected to the charity which runs the BullyingUK website, says that a stronger partnership between teachers, pupils and parents needs to be developed.

“Although circumstances vary depending on the type of school, teachers tell us that the tension between a heavy workload and the demands from parents for more time-consuming forms of communications must be eased if engagement is going to improve.”

If you feel your child is being bullied at school, BullyingUK offers the following tips from Lyndall Horton-James, a Bullying Prevention and Education Consultant:

  • Before you approach the school, list all the facts: what happened, who was involved, when it occurred, who witnessed it, anything your child did that may have provoked the incident, whether it was a one-off or series of events.
  • Don’t arrive at the school unexpectedly: Make an appointment with the class teacher or head of year.
  • Aim to work together with the school and make it clear that you are seeking the school’s help in finding a solution.
  • Avoid accusing the school: Remember that teachers are usually the last to find out that bullying is happening at school. The sequence is “friends first, then parents, lastly schools”.
  • Be patient: Allow the school time to deal with the problem but stay in touch with them and arrange a follow up meeting to see how the situation is being resolved.

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