West Berkshire 15-year old's "third most bullied" in the UK
Figures reveal high proportion of pupils as victims of bullying
West Berkshire’s 15-year olds are the third most bullied group out of any other local authority in the country.
Figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre indicate that 61.9 per cent of 15-year olds in West Berkshire have been the victim of bullying, which ranks third from bottom out of 150 local authorities.
The data, which is taken from a 2014 analysis, also states that 28.5 per cent of children have bullied someone else at some point in their life.
Nationally, more than half of young people in England said that they had been bullied in some form in the past couple of months – at 55 per cent.
15 per cent had experienced cyber bullying within the past couple of months and 26 per cent had bullied another person.
Camden has the lowest proportion of bullying of any other local authority, and London was the lowest region.
The south west had the greatest proportion of bullying overall and the single largest prevalence by local authority was in the Isle of Wight where 63.1 per cent of 15-year olds reported being bullied.
The most common form of bullying according to the survey was name-calling and teasing in a hurtful way, followed by lies and spreading false rumours.
Girls were more likely than boys to have experienced bullying within the past couple of months – at 63 per cent and 48 per cent respectively.
The statistics were compiled following the return of 120,115 questionnaires sent out to some 295,245 pupils across the country.
Head of education at West Berkshire Council, Ian Pearson, said: “Bullying can have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of our pupils and so it’s something we take very seriously.
“It’s not something we’re at all complacent about and we work very closely with our pupils, parents, teachers and governors to help pupils identify and report bullying and to support those being bullied.
“Bullying can happen in school but increasingly it happens online and therefore it can affect our young people wherever they are. It is important that through our education system pupils know how to address bullying whenever and wherever it occurs.”
He added that an anti-bullying co-ordinator works closely with schools to tackle the issue, and that the council is a member of the anti-bullying allliance.