The consequences of bullying can be severe in terms of young people’s mental wellbeing, attitudes towards school, educational attainment and even potential suicide risk.
It is therefore vital to gain more information about those young people who are particularly at risk of bullying so that policy interventions can be based on good evidence and targeted at the right groups.
This study represents the first in-depth investigation of pupil and school characteristics in relation to bullying of secondary school pupils aged 14 to 16 in England.
The study used information from the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England which contains data on the young person’s individual and family characteristics. The data has also been linked to the National Pupil Database for data about pupils’ attainment at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 and information on school-level factors such as the proportion of pupils receiving free school meals and the proportion of pupils with special educational needs in the school.