A really important part of research is giving participants the option of whether or not to take part. Having obtained parental consent, we do this by telling children what is involved in the research, and explaining that they can choose whether or not to take part.
As thinking about bullying is part of the Key Stage 3 curriculum, we encourage this in children whether or not they take part in the main survey. Those who don’t do the main questionnaires are asked to think about what fellow pupils, school staff, and their families could do to (a) prevent bullying happening in the first place, and (b) deal with bullying when it happens. Children were given the opportunity to hand in their (anonymous) responses, if they would like to have their answers fed back to the school.
When we looked over the responses to write up a report for each school, we found them thoughtful, considered and compelling. Further, they suggested that children were able to express what might be underpinning bullying.
One school report is here for you to read, to get a sense of what 11-13 year-olds are saying about how we can tackle bullying.