Steve Barclay votes to give head teachers greater powers to stop bullies

Steve Barclay
Steve Barclay

MP Steve Barclay MP has voted to give head teachers direct powers to apply for injunctions to protect pupils from school bullies.

Steve was one of 20 MPs selected to sit on the cross party committee tasked with scrutinizing the Government’s Anti-Social behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill.

The MPs voted today on an amendment to the bill which would enable Head Teachers and the Principals of Further Education Colleges to apply directly for injunctions to protect the most vulnerable pupils in their schools from repeatedly violent or abusive bullies.

Mr Barclay said: “It is essential that Head teachers and College Principals are empowered to protect pupils from the worst examples of bullying and antisocial behaviour in our schools. With the growth of mobile phones and instant messaging, bullying can even take place when a child is at home with their parents in what they think is the safety of their own bedroom.

“By placing the power to apply for injunctions directly into the hands of head teachers, we would ensure that schools are able to take immediate action to stop bullies in their tracks rather than rely on third parties.

“Over 1 million children every week experience bullying in school or via social media. This amendment would deliver a robust penalty for bullies and make a real difference to discipline in schools.

“Injunctions would place a more robust penalty on bullies and deter the behaviour that can have such a negative impact on a pupil’s education.

The Public Bill Committee on Anti-social behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill sits over a three week period in order to prepare the bill for its return to a full vote in the House of Commons.

It is estimated that one in three children of all school-age children will experience physical, verbal or psychological bullying. Tragically 20 children a year commit suicide as a result of being bullied.