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Plea to schools over Anti-Bullying Week

Schools across Northern Ireland have been urged to register for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week.

The week is co-ordinated each year by the Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF) — an interagency group hosted by Save the Children — and is supported by Translink.

The themed week will take place between November 15 and 19 and the deadline to register schools is October 1.

This year the focus will be on where bullying takes place and how it can be stopped after the latest research by the Department of Education showed that pupils in school are more likely to experience bullying outside the classroom.

Among a sample of Year 6 pupils, almost half of respondents stated that bullying took place in the playground/athletic field during lunch or break times.

While for Year 9 pupils, 38% of bullying took place in hallways or stairwells.

To register your school online for Anti-Bullying Week 2010 go to www.niabf.org.uk or contact NIABF’s Lee Kane on 028 9043 2828.

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