'Schools must do more to tackle bullying of pupils with SEN'
Ofsted has suggested that schools need to do more to embed anti-bullying in relation to special educational needs.
A new survey, No Place for Bullying: How Schools Create a Positive Culture and Prevent and Tackle Bullying, evaluates how effectively schools are dealing with bullying at a whole-school level. Referring to six primary and nine secondary schools that took part in the survey, the report said:
'Disability was seldom covered as well as other aspects of diversity. The schools were generally sensitive to the needs of individual disabled pupils or those who have special educational needs. However, disabled people were often not considered as a group, even where schools were covering the areas of race, culture, faith, gender and sexuality thoroughly.'
How can schools deal effectively with bullying of pupils with SEN? A team from Cambridge University reports on its investigation into this area and outlines what schools can do to tackle it.