Bullying prevention and response in New Zealand schools

Policies & Strategies
Education Review Office

Bullying is a serious issue in New Zealand schools. The most recent available international comparative studies from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) make clear that we have one of the highest rates of bullying among Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries. Experiencing bullying has a negative impact on student wellbeing and achievement at school and beyond. In recognition of this, the cross-sector Bullying Prevention Advisory Group (BPAG) has published extensive guidelines and resources to support schools in their efforts to prevent and respond to bullying incidents. Additionally, schools implement a variety of programmes, from expansive whole-school initiatives like the Ministry of Education’s Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) School-Wide to more targeted, focused programmes on specific issues like cyberbullying. This 2019 ERO report focuses on the extent to which schools are implementing effective approaches to bullying prevention and responding to bullying that does occur.

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