Children at many schools in New Zealand experience bullying. The Bullying Prevention Advisory Group, set up by the Secretary for Education, has developed a resource called Bullying prevention and response: A guide for schools. This guide gives schools information and strategies to minimise bullying, and to respond appropriately when it occurs. The guide was sent to schools at the end of Term 1, 2014.
ERO asked 129 schools about the guide during Term 3, 2014. Most schools were aware of the resource and more than a third had used it. Schools most commonly used the guide as a tool to review their bullying policies and procedures. Some schools used information from it in their curriculum planning.
All the schools that did not know about the guide and most of those not using it were primary schools.