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Nationwide concern over bullying and the government's anti-bullying drive

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Government launches anti-bullying drive

A raft of initiatives to tackle prejudice-based bullying in schools is being introduced by the government.

To coincide with anti-bullying week, it was revealed that an education and skills select committee is scheduled to begin an inquiry into cases of verbal and physical abuse among pupils, reports the BBC.

The government also announced its intentions to combat prejudiced-based bullying, which includes incidents of homophobia, racism and singling out those with special needs, in partnership with charities such as Stonewall and Beatbullying.

Schools minister Jim Knight said that it was important for schools to nip such incidents "in the bud" before they escalate.

"We want to ensure that schools have the information and support they need to prevent it happening in the first place and the powers they need to stamp on it when it does occur," he commented.

Among the charitable organisations expected to give evidence to the select committee is the National Autistic Society, which states that nearly half of children with autism said they have been victims of bullying.

Meanwhile, students at a Warwickshire school have launched a "policing team" which aims to reassure pupils and actively work to prevent cases of bullying, reports the Coventry Telegraph.


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