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1 in 10 bullied in Wales?

1 in 10 bullied in Wales?

Individual school policies on bullying should be replaced by a national strategy, a leading expert has said.

Bangor University's Prof Judy Hutchings said bullying decreased in Finland after this approach was adopted.

One in 10 secondary school pupils in Wales are bullied weekly and 35% have been targeted in the last two months, according to figures from the Schools Health Research Network.

The Welsh Government is reviewing the guidance it provides to schools.

The Children's Commissioner for Wales, Prof Sally Holland, believes statutory recording of incidents would make schools more accountable, but wants to avoid a league table "naming and shaming" schools.

    

Bangor University researchers have been introducing a programme from Finland called KiVa, with the first 14 schools to take part reporting a 40% reduction in bullying, and 123 more schools registering on the scheme.

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