Why is it important for schools to record bullying incidents?
28. Recording and monitoring of bullying incidents is essential and can provide valuable information on the scope and scale of the issue in order to guide improvements in policy and practice and inform anti-bullying interventions. Recording, monitoring and analysis of bullying is best carried out locally where it can support self-improvement.
29. In addition, the data can help identify numeric trends, specific issues around equality and diversity and other relevant data/patterns which may help schools and local authorities to address bullying incidents efficiently.
30. The most successful anti-bullying interventions are embedded within a positive ethos and culture and do not focus on individual incidents. The aim is to create safe and secure environments where bullying is openly acknowledged, discussed and challenged as unacceptable behaviour, resulting in the reduction of incidents.
31. Data monitoring locally will support the improvement of targeted support and interventions that can be applied in a focussed, responsive way, recognises the unique nuances of geography and demographics.