Council reports all-time record response to bullying survey

Record response to council anti-bullying survey
Record response to council anti-bullying survey

AN ANTI-BULLYING SURVEY aimed at helping create a new policy for all Moray schools has generated a record response.

Moray Council say that over 2000 pupils came forward to offer contributions to their online survey by the time it closed on Friday – the largest response to any survey ever conducted by the local authority.

While it was aimed primarily at P4 to S6 pupils, some younger children also responded to the study which asked 20 questions relating to bullying. No pupil who responded was asked to identify either themselves or their school.

A spokesman for Moray Council said: “We had no idea of what response rate to expect when the survey opened a month ago and we are very encouraged by the number of pupils who have contributed.

“In one day alone we had 350 responses and although all the results still have to be analysed, the indications are that they represent a wide range of views and experiences.

“Schools themselves played a big part by allowing pupils to complete the survey in school time and by offering help to those pupils who needed it.

“The survey results will tell us to what extent bullying is an issue in our schools and will help inform the next stage in preparing a policy embracing all schools in Moray.”

Results from the survey will now be analysed and used to inform the next stage of the process, which will be the drawing up of an anti-bullying policy throughout all schools in the region.