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Identity-based bullying debate


The Commission launched an important new report which tackles the problem of identity based bullying in schools. To launch the report we co-hosted a lively question time style debate with Westminster Academy in London. The Minister for Schools Nick Gibb MP joined our deputy chair Baroness Margaret Prosser and Richard Piggin from Beatbullying in responding to questions from stakeholders from across the education and third sector and students from Westminster Academy.

The bullying report follows on from the How Fair is Britain?, the Commission's triennial review of the state of equality in Britain which was launched in October 2010. Identity based bullying and harassment is a key theme in the Triennial Review and has been identified as one of the 15 priority areas where significant work needs to be carried out to help redress inequality in the UK.

Watch the panel of guests from the launch event including Nick Gibb MP, Minister for Schools, discuss the findings of the report and hear their thoughts on tackling identity based bullying in schools. Watching the videos requires Flash and access to YouTube. Subtitles have been embedded within the player. Use the 'CC' tool to turn these on if required.

What attendees said

Nick Gibb welcomed the report commenting:

This is an important report with some very good and helpful research, although the findings are very depressing... Schools should be the one place that students feel safe.

The event was hugely successful with positive feedback from everyone involved. Smita Bora, Principle of Westminster Academy said:

œI enjoyed hearing the different views from the audience. I thought it was an absolutely great idea to involve the students because if anything is going to change in the world it is our young people.

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Last updated: 25 May 2016