Government guidance defines bullying as actions which are meant to be hurtful, and which happen on a regular basis.
Bullying can be:
direct — physical or verbal assault.
indirect - ignoring a pupil, not talking
All schools should have an anti-bullying policy, which sets out how bullying should be dealt with in the school.
If the bullying is very serious, and the bully is aged 10 or over, the bully could be prosecuted for a criminal offence. If the school is not able to stop the bullying, the police could be contacted.
If the police will not act, or the bully is under 10, parents can contact a solicitor about other legal actions.
There are a number of agencies you can contact, including:
185 Tower Bridge Road
Tel. 020-7378 1440
9 Moray House,
Institute of Education’
University of Edinburgh
Tel. 0131 651 6100