Podcast: Teaching about friendship and bullying

Dec 12, 2023 3:19:17 PM

Presented by Jenny Fox, one of our Senior Subject Specialists, and featuring colleagues Bethan Miller and Dr Joshua Stubbs, this episode looks at the statistics and research base around the impact of bullying, as well as the importance of establishing and maintaining friendships for all children and young people. We also consider schools’ statutory duties, and the nuances of teaching this topic in primary school and secondary school settings.




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