Young people in Tottenham say school bullying ‘widespread’

10:16 11 May 2012

Young people say bullying is widespread in Haringey schools. PICTURE POSED BY MODELS.

Young people say bullying is widespread in Haringey schools. PICTURE POSED BY MODELS.

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Bullying in Haringey schools is widespread –but victims don’t feel they can tell their teachers, according to a survey of young people in Tottenham.

Those questioned said they believed teachers had “no interest” in dealing with bullying so they did not think it worth their while reporting incidents.

The Journal has also spoken to a youth worker who claims youngsters think teachers cannot be trusted to keep the identity of a victim secret from the alleged bully, possibly inflaming the situation at school and beyond the gates.

The findings come less than a year after Tottenham 11-year-old Sidney Nzamala was found hanged in his bedroom after, his parents believe, he suffered bullying.

Around 100 teenagers and young adults were surveyed for the report, put together by the Broadwater Farm Residents’ Association, on a wide variety of subjects.

Clasford Stirling, who collected the responses during an open day at the Broadwater Farm Community Centre, told the recent Bruce Grove and West Green area forum he was shocked by its findings.

He said: “I have never seen kids angry with the bullying in schools. A lot of kids seem to feel it is massive. They feel they cannot talk to anybody.

“They think the teachers do not care and the teachers go straight back and talk to the people doing the bullying.”

But Haringey Council stressed bullying “in any form is unacceptable”, saying schools have their own anti-bullying policies and are asked “to make it as easy as possible for parents, carers and pupils to raise concerns”.

She added: “Advice and support on bullying can also be sought from the council’s Education Welfare Service, which can help with problem-solving and provide mediation between home and school if necessary.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London Education News

Computer class

New figures show, in the face of growing youth unemployment, vacancies for digital jobs is set to widen in the next year.

London
One of the classic A-level-girls-jumping photos (Picture: PA Images)

A-Level results day is one most people remember forever, whether it’s the joy of success or the sickening numbness of missing your offer. Here to lighten the mood are some of the funniest Twitter reactions to the day.

Twitter
Hamid Mahmood

A Muslim teacher has claimed he was only able to secure a job interview at an East Ham school after pretending to be a “white British applicant”.

Takeover students from the Barking and Dagenham College receiving their awards from Archant staff.

Our student takeover competition is hotting up and we’ve whittled down our journalism hopefuls to take just 23 candidates forward to the next stage.

The private school gates were chained shut [Photograph from Google StreetView]

Highgate School was in lockdown this afternoon after a hoax terror threat was posted on online forum 4chan.

Twitter
Freddie Poser & Zak Cutner have developed a phone app
to encourage young people to vote

Not sure who to vote for? Worried your prejudices against Ed’s weird face, or the fact that David Cameron looks like he’s made of pork, will blind you to their policies?

Twitter

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Read more
Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more