Anti-bullying procedures welcome, but do not address impact of education cuts on student wellbeing

Friday 13 September 2013

The ASTI has welcomed the publication today of anti-bullying procedures for schools by the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn.

 

“The procedures will complement the valuable work being carried out by second-level schools in seeking to create an awareness and understanding of bullying amongst children and young people, and in promoting learning environments which are inclusive and respectful to all,” said ASTI General Secretary, Pat King.

 

Mr King said the new procedures will provide clarity for schools by establishing a common definition of bullying, including cyber bullying, and ensuring the recording and reporting of incidents is standardised across the system. However, Mr King warned that the procedures do not address the negative impact of the education cutbacks on the capacity of schools to address student wellbeing issues.

 

“It must be acknowledged that these procedures are being launched in the context of severe education cutbacks which are having a devastating impact on school communities all over the country. Cuts such as the moratorium on Year Heads and the withdrawal of ex-quota guidance counselling provision impact directly on a school’s ability to provide a supportive environment for young people,” said Mr King.

 

 

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Click here for Deparment of Education and Skills Guidelines - new anti-bullying procedures for all primary and post-primary schools.