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Record response to schools bullying survey

Press release   •   Sep 27, 2015 09:59 BST

A survey of pupils carried out as a first step towards creating an anti-bullying policy for Moray schools has generated a record response.

More than 2000 pupils had contributed to the online survey by the time it closed on Friday.

It is the largest response to any survey conducted by Moray Council.

The survey was aimed at pupils in P4 to S6 although some younger children also responded.

Pupils were asked 20 questions related to bullying and were able to respond without identifying themselves or their school.

The results will now be analysed and will inform the next stage of the process in drawing up an anti-bullying policy covering all Moray schools.

A council spokesman 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.”

He added: “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.”

Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 92,500 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live.

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