Education and Skills Committee

21 July 2006


Following an initial oral evidence session in May, the Education and Skills Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry into Bullying.

The inquiry will investigate the extent and nature of the problem of bullying in schools, its effects on those involved and how it can best be tackled. Written submissions are invited.

The terms of reference for the inquiry are as follows:

Extent and nature of the problem

  • How bullying should be defined

  • The extent and nature of the problem of bullying in schools

  • The extent of homophobic and racist bullying

  • Why some people become bullies and why some people are bullied

Short and long-term effects

  • The effect of bullying on academic achievement, physical and mental health, and social and emotional wellbeing

  • Whether and how the effects of being bullied persist into adult life

  • The effect of bullying on those who bully

Tackling the problem

  • The Government's policy on bullying

  • How schools deal with bullying

  • How parents can help if their children are being bullied or are bullying others

  • What support and guidance the DfES provides to schools and to those affected by bullying, and how effective they are

  • The role of other organisations, such as non-governmental groups, in providing support

  • The extent to which support services are joined up across different government departments

  • To what extent schools can be responsible for bullying that takes place off their premises and how they can deal with it

  • Whether particular strategies need to be used to tackle homophobic and racist bullying

Submissions should arrive no later than noon on Wednesday 4 October. A guide for written submissions to the Committee may be found on the parliamentary website at:

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to with an additional paper copy to:

Education and Skills Select Committee
House of Commons
7 Millbank
London SW1P 3JA

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Information about the Education and Skills Committee

The Education and Skills Committee is one of the House's Select Committees related to government departments: its terms of reference are to examine "the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Education and Skills and its associated public bodies". The Committee chooses its own subjects of inquiry, within the overall terms of reference. It invites written evidence from interested parties and holds public evidence sessions, usually in committee rooms at the House of Commons, although it does have the power to meet away from Westminster. At the end of each inquiry, the Committee will normally agree a Report based on the evidence received. Such Reports are published and made available on the Internet. Copies are sent free to those who give oral evidence. Reports usually contain recommendations to the Government and other bodies. The Government by convention responds to reports within about two months of publication. These responses are also published.