If recent surveys are anything to go by, it is clear that bullying in schools is still a major issue.
Until bullying is completely eradicated – if that is possible – schools will be engaged in helping children and young people develop the skills and resilience they need to handle this particular challenge. School staff also play an important role in transforming the behaviour of bullies.
The resources in this section have been collated to enable school staff to create a climate in which bullying is recognised and dealt with effectively. They acknowledge the sometimes devastating impact of bullying and focus on constructive ways of minimising its incidence.
Key stage 1
Red Fox; Reprint edition (1 Feb 2007)
Fin is a dinosaur unlike any other – teased for his spindly little legs, bony tail and feeble fluffy arms. But despite his odd appearance, when a gang of four big, bullying dinosaurs chase him into the woods, Fin outwits them one by one: all except the meanest, fiercest dinosaur of all who follows him right to the top of the mountain, where Fin takes a giant leap of faith and discovers he can fly.
I Feel Bullied
Wayland; New Ed edition (31 Oct 1999)
Written for young children, describing what it feels like to be bullied. The book looks at different forms of bullying, including physical violence, name-calling and intimidation, and suggests ways of dealing with bullies. It is one of a series, intended to help children deal with emotions they experience in their everyday lives; and contains notes for parents and teachers, with suggestions of ways to promote an understanding of disability, through discussion and role play.
Little Rabbit Foo Foo
Walker Books Ltd; New edition (2003)
The bully-boy bunny likes nothing better than to ride through the forest bopping everyone on the head. Wriggly worms, tigers, no one is safe. But here comes the good fairy – and she is not amused!
No More Bullying
Happy Cat Books; New edition edition (14 Jun 2002)
Originally published in 1991, a sensitively written story which looks at the reality of bullying as seen from a child's viewpoint. Includes practical suggestions for tackling the problem. In the Talking it Through series.
The Adventures of the Little Tin Tortoise
Plummer, Deborah M
Published by Jessica Kingsley Books 2006
This is a practical, interactive storybook to support the building and maintenance of healthy self-esteem in young children. Using the tradition of oral storytelling, children are encouraged to consider the self-esteem issues encountered by a little tin tortoise on a journey to discover who he really is. The various obstacles and helpers he encounters along the way include worries, dealing with teasing, making decisions and forming friendships.
What Do We Think About Bullying?
Hodder Wayland (31 July 1998)
Introduces the sensitive subject of bullying by describing what bullying is and why people bully. The book is aimed at bullies as well as children who are being bullied. Readers learn who bullies might be, why they bully and how they feel.
Key stage 2
Yearling; New edition edition (5 Oct 2006)
Mandy has been picked on at school for as long as she can remember. That’s why she is delighted when cheeky, daring, full-of-fun Tanya picks her as a friend. Mum isn’t happy – she thinks Tanya’s a bad girl and a bad influence. Mandy’s sure Tanya can only get her out of trouble, not into it…or could she?
Be Smart, Stay Safe
Macmillan Children’s Books; new edition (4 April 1997)
A series of stories about a group of schoolfriends and the situations they face during the year. Each story is based on a real incident to explain how to deal with the pressures of growing up and how to cope, avoid, overcome and recover from a variety of problems from bullying to abuse.
Beat The Bullies
Macmillan Children’s Books (4 April 1997)
A series of stories about a group of schoolfriends and the situations they face during the year. Each story is based on a real incident to explain how to deal with the pressures of growing up and how to cope, avoid, overcome and recover from a variety of problems. This book concerns bullying.
Walker Books Ltd (6 April 1998)
Bernard is feeling left out. Yesterday he and Squashy Petch were special friends. They were going to call themselves the pear gang and have a secret code and badges. But today Squashy is playing with Ozzie Flatt. Who can Bernard turn to? He really needs a pal – in fact, a whole gang of them.
Macmillan Children’s Books; 3 edition (7 April 2006)
Blubber is a thick layer of fat that lies under the skin and over the muscles of whales. When Linda innocently reads out her class project, everyone finds it funny. Linda can’t help it if she’s fat, but what starts as a joke leads to a sustained and cruel ritual of humiliation. Jill knows she should defend Linda, but at first she’s too scared. When she eventually stands up to the bullies, she becomes their next victim – and what’s worse, Linda is now on their side.
Bullies At School
Floris Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (26 Feb 2004)
Siobhan is unhappy at school. Tormented by some classmates, she feels unable to confide in her teacher or her mum. She has no one to talk to, no one to play with. One day she finds a strange brooch and it seems to help her – it makes her stronger. But then Siobhan realises that to take revenge means that she might herself become a bully. Will she be able to find the courage to speak out against the bullies? This title includes extra material on bullying, including how to be bullyproof and where to turn for help, with up-to-date contact details.
Hodder Children’s Books; 2Rev Ed edition (13 Jan 2005)
A practical guide to overcoming the problem of bullying, with advice on how to identify and deal with verbal and physical abuse. This Wise Guide provides tips on how to respond to the bully, who to go to if you need help, how to make real friends who respect you and, if you see yourself becoming a bully, how to stop. Finally, it shows you how to get your self-esteem back when the bullying has ended.
Don’t Pick On Me: How To Handle Bullying
Piccadilly Press Ltd; New edition edition (23 Sep 2005)
Practical advice for children on how to handle bullying. Jane’s class think that wearing the ‘right’ label clothing is very important, and her classmates start to make fun of her: “What a fleabag!”, “Where did you get that coat – the Oxfam shop?” Jane wishes she didn’t have to go to school; she is beginning to dread each new day.
Michael isn’t good at football.
The other boys make fun of him, banging into him ‘accidentally’ and tripping him up when the games teacher isn’t looking. Michael’s mum wonders why he’s always covered in bruises, but Michael won’t say. Bullying encompasses many things: being called names, being beaten up, having your bus fare stolen, being made to feel stupid… It’s always horrible.
Almost everyone gets bullied at some point in their life; often it happens at school. But you don’t have to accept being bullied, and if you’re a bully, you can learn to stop. This book explores why some people bully, why others are bullied and what you can do to change things.
Orion Childrens; New edition (27 May 1996)
John and Gerry have always been friends, brought together by their passion for football. Then Gerry’s dad loses his job and everything turns sour. The two boys had always steered clear of the gangs at school, but Gerry gets drawn in and now he and John find themselves standing on opposite sides.
Set in a tough inner city Liverpool estate, this story is about friendships, rivalries and survival played out at school and on the football fields.
How Do I Feel About Bullies And Gangs?
Franklin Watts Ltd (1 May 1997)
A title in the How Do I Feel About series which helps children deal with the problem of bullying. Suitable for National Curriculum Key Stage 1/2.
How Do I Feel About Dealing With Racism?
Franklin Watts; New edition (12 April 2001)
This series encourages children to explore their feelings about personal issues that may affect them. The books are designed to help the reader think about how he or she would cope with different situations and emotions. A useful series for guided reading sessions, the books contain key language structures.
I Want To Be An Angel
Mammoth; New edition edition (17 Oct 1991)
A collection of stories set in a multi-racial community, the book features four children, each with a dream. Four children with dreams, Little Effie has the world on her shoulders – or rather her family. She has one last chance to be an angel in the school nativity play, Jasmine Grey wants a family to call her own and her adoption to work, Rajiv wants his sister Sumi to come back from India and Dawlish Dobson is the boy children hate and adults love. Who is right?
Let’s Talk About Bullying
Franklin Watts Ltd (Dec 1989)
This series examines issues which affect children’s lives or add to their growing awareness of the world. The books aim to answer those questions most asked by children. This title examines bullying – a subject which is of intense concern to many children.
Let’s Talk About Racism
Gloucester Press (Mar 1991)
Looks at the issue of racism and how it affects young people, particularly at school. The book examines how racism comes about and discusses the different ways in which racism can be challenged.
Playing It Cool
Puffin Books; New edition (28 May 1998)
Grace’s grandmother, Patience, isn’t like a normal grandmother – she has loud parties and loves computer games. Grace doesn’t think Patience will help her image at school, but when she experiences bullying, it brings them both together. This novel is written from a Black-British perspective.
Run Zan Run
Bloomsbury Publishing (3 Aug 2009)
Ivy turned on her. ‘I told you I’d get you, didn’t I? Well,’ her next words sent shivers through Katie. ‘Tonight’s the night.’ Katie is being bullied at school – and cannot get anyone to believe her. She feels frightened and alone.
Until one day when she is cornered by Ivy and her fellow bullies on the town dump. Katie is terrified, there is nowhere left to run. But suddenly, as if by magic, a girl called Zan rises from the rubbish in the dump and leaps to Katie’s defence. But Zan is not willing to talk to Katie – all she wishes to do is keep her identity a secret.
Slowly Katie learns the truth about Zan, and when she does, she realises Zan has much more to lose than the safety of her cardboard box. A gripping story that really brings the issue of bullying to a head. This is Cathy MacPhail’s first novel for children, which she wrote as a result of her own daughter being bullied at school.
Mammoth (5 Jan 1998)
Steve’s first day at school is the worst. Then he meets Adrian. Relieved and grateful for Adrian being so friendly, Steve soon discovers that no one likes Adrian, especially the class bullies. How can Steve be his friend and avoid the bullies?
Hodder Children’s Books; New Ed edition (23 April 1997)
This haunting story about Rafaella, the new girl at school who finds making friends hard, is a stunning piece of writing. With her strange name and sticking out ears she’s different from the rest. Lucy is the first to tease, the first to call her ‘Earwig’. Until a secret friendship starts, full of warmth and mystery.
Stand Up For Your Rights
Peace Child International
Two-Can Publishing Ltd (24 Oct 1998)
A Book About Human Rights, Written, Illustrated And Edited By Young People Of The World.
Written and edited by young people from all over the world, this book looks at the issues of human rights. It contains stories, poems, personal recollections, to express hopes and fears about how we treat each other.
It is a celebration of where we have reached in the development of human rights, followed by a quest for a definition of what they should mean for the future.
Taller Than Before
Orchard Books; first edition (24 Sep 1987)
Roberta is a good musician, a good student and a nice person. So when she moves to Clipper Street and starts her new school, she is unprepared for the ugly attitudes that strike out at her on her very first day.
The Angel Of Nitshill Road
Egmont Books Ltd (4 Jun 2007)
This is a classic school story from one of our best-loved authors. Until the angel came, Penny, Mark and Marigold were bitterly unhappy.
‘Fat.’ ‘Freak.’ ‘Smelly.’
Barry Hunter was bullying them and everyone at Nitshill Road School knew it. But the angel brings a clever solution.
Life at school is going to be very different from now on.
We’re Talking About: Bullying
Hodder Wayland (30 Jun 1997)
Explaining the reasons why people bully, it’s effects on people, how to prevent bullying and where to get help, this book tells of four true-to-life case studies involving children who are being or have been bullied, or are bullies themselves.
What Do You Know About Bullying?
Franklin Watts Ltd; New edition (25 May 2000)
This series tackles social issues that concern younger people in a way that will have instant appeal. Each issue is explored from a personal as well as a social perspective.
What’s Happening? Bullying
Hodder Wayland; New edition (15 Jan 1995)
A paperback edition of a title from the What’s Happening? series, first published in 1992. Looks at the experiences children have of bullying.
Willy The Champ
Willy is different. He likes to read books and listen to music; he’s no good at sports, although he tries; and wherever he goes he gets laughed at. But when he’s threatened by the horrible Buster Nose he really comes into his own.
Willy The Wimp
Walker (6 Oct 2008)
Willy is kind and gentle, and bullied by the suburban gorilla gang who call him “Willy the Wimp”. Desperate to do something about his situation, Willy answers a bodybuilding advert and grows big and strong, determined no one will ever call him “wimp” again.
Bullying girls: the issues
Lesson starter for KS3 and KS4 PSHE. Experts talk about the nature of abusive behaviour among females and its consequences on the mental health of its victims.
A year 10 pupil shares his shocking account of very violent bullying, in a PSHE lesson and assembly starter for primary and secondary pupils.