Information and guidance about bullying in schools and resources for you to use.

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Anti-bullying policy and guidance

This is the main section for supporting you with your anti-bullying policy and practice and includes the following:

  • National guidance from the government and other bodies
  • Local Oxfordshire guidance including Schools Anti-Bullying Self-Assessment and Action Plan
  • Anti-bullying policy checklist
  • Oxfordshire template for recording bullying
  • Oxfordshire E-safety Cyberbullying Toolkit
  • Oxfordshire Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic bullying toolkit, etc.

You can access this guidance and toolkits via policy and guidance on the intranet.

Oxfordshire 2019 Anti-Bullying Survey - results

If you took part in the 2019 Oxfordshire School’s Anti-Bullying Survey and would like your school’s unique results, email


  • Verbal bullying was the most common type of bullying experience by respondents in both surveys.
  • Difference in appearance was perceived as the most common factor influencing bullying behaviours.
  • Respondents reported to telling their family then friends about bullying before reporting to school.
  • In the secondary survey, 133 young people identified as trans. 168 selected ‘prefer not to say’. 265 young people identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual. 147 selected ‘prefer not to say’.
  • 1804 (39.79%) believed that if a trans student was ‘out’ in school they would not be safe from bullying. 1659 (36.5%) believed that if a lesbian, gay or bisexual student was ‘out’ in school they would not be safe from bullying.

Key questions for all Oxfordshire schools to consider:

  • What is your setting doing to prevent and tackle name calling, sarcasm, rumour spreading, threats, teasing and belittling?
  • What is your setting doing to prevent and tackle malicious banter? More information on where to draw the line between acceptable language and unacceptable language.
  • What is your setting doing to ensure differences are celebrated?
  • What is your setting doing to ensure children and young people report hurtful behaviour immediately and to a member of staff?
  • What is your setting doing to prevent and tackle homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic bullying?

Resources to help you tackle bullying

Resources to support you with tackling bullying, including lesson plans and activities. You can find resources in the types of bullying in our Anti-Bullying resources.

Guidance for schools on working with visitors who display threatening behaviour or abuse

As part of our Learner Engagement Strategy in Oxfordshire, a multi-agency group (including headteachers, inclusion leaders, union representatives and parents) have been working on a guide to support school leaders (pdf format, 139Kb) in working with visitors who display threatening, abusive or vexatious behaviour.

If you have any comments or would like to speak to one of the representatives in the group, please contact

We are here to support you in your work and help remove potential barriers to learner engagement in Oxfordshire. We hope you find this guidance useful.

Posters provided with permission of the NAHT

Types of bullying

Resources and guidance to help you tackle the following types of bullying:

Anti-Bullying Campaign Programme

Anti-Bullying Week 2019

More more information on Anti-Bullying Week 2019 and to access Anti-Bullying Alliance resource packs for both primary and secondary schools.

Anti-Bullying Ambassador training

 More information on upcoming training for primary schools (pdf format, 216Kb) from the Lead for Learner Engagement.

Anti-Bullying Ambassador resources

Further details about the scheme.

Restorative practice in schools

Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education

Parents/carers and young people

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