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Tag Archives: schools

Bullying

Bullying is a big problem. It’s the most commonly given reason by Travellers who have stopped going to school. The unfairness of bullying is that often the victim gets into trouble for retaliating; reacting to a bully can get the bullied person into trouble. This explains why exclusion rates among Travellers is so high. Travellers have a right to an education without being threatened, name-called or picked on, just like everybody else.


Click on the picture below to see what you can do about bullying.

Bullying should be stopped as soon as possible, otherwise it can get out of hand. It is best to deal with even the smallest instance of bullying by telling a teacher. You can tell any teacher you want, it doesn’t have to be your form tutor or house leader. All schools have policies to deal with bullying. If you don’t have the confidence to tell the teacher, you can ask your parents to let the school know, or contact us by email or by calling 02076391823.

When parents call the school to talk about bullying, 80% of the time the bullying situation is resolved.

I am a parent and I want to report that my child is being bullied. What should I do?

  • Call the school. You can find the school’s telephone number on its website. Ask to speak to your child’s form tutor or house leader, if they are not available tell the receptionist that you want to report bullying.
  • When you talk to the teacher, try to stay calm. It is very stressful when you are worrying about your children but the teacher will be more helpful if you can stay calm.
  • Give precise details of the bullying, include names, dates and places.
  • Make a note of the action the teacher says he/she will take.
  • Keep the school informed of the situation. Call to say if the situation has not changed or if it has improved.

More support for parents:

  • Parentline Plus helpline: 0808 800 2222 (Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 9.00 pm, Saturday 9.30 am to 5.00 pm, Sunday 10.00 am to 3.00 pm)
  • Kidscape helpline for parents: 08451 205204 (10.00 am to 4.00 pm)
  • Anti Bullying Campaign advice line for parents and children: 020 7378 1446 (9.30 am to 5.00 pm)
  • Advisory Centre for Education (advice for parents and children on all school matters): 0808 800 5793
  • Children’s Legal Centre (free legal advice on all aspects of the law affecting children and young people): 0845 120 2948
It can be very tempting to react to the bully by insulting or fighting back.

Though this might seem like the best way to solve the problem of bullying, usually it doesn’t help. People that bully sometimes do it only to get a reaction. They might be unhappy themselves and so they want to make somebody else unhappy. They might be jealous of you. They want to see if they have the power over you to make you respond. Often, Travellers get into trouble for standing up for themselves. If you get excluded or into trouble for standing up to a bully, it’s almost as if the bully has won. It shouldn’t be the victim who gets into trouble. This is why it is so important to tell somebody at school about any bullying as soon as you can.

Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month

Should all schools celebrate GRTHM in June?


If you would like to find out more about Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month visit the website.

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Applying for Schools in Southwark

For the most accurate up-to-date information on applying to school in Southwark it is best to use Southwark Council’s website or call 0207 525 5337.

All school applications have to be done online now. Click here for Southwark School Admissions.

Need help?

If you live in Southwark and would like any help with school applications please contact us by e-mail archie@staglondon.org or call 02076355529. We will be happy to help.

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