“Anti-Bullying Week provides an important opportunity to highlight the devastating impact which bullying can have on the lives of both children and adults.
“Bullying is all too often dismissed as just part of school life, but the effects of bullying can last a lifetime. It is also important to remember that bullying does not just affect children and young people but, as NASUWT research has shown, it is worryingly prevalent in the workplace as well.
“If bullying is to be eradicated, it has to be tackled in all its forms. No one should be the target of abuse because of their gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, religion or body image.
“Sadly, evidence shows that bullying on the grounds of disability and targeted Islamophobic attacks are all on the rise in the UK.
“The rise of social media has also provided another tool for bullies to attack their victims, often anonymously and from the comfort of their own home.
“Schools have a vital role to play in educating young people about bullying and tackling it.
“Education, action and empowerment is critical if the scourge of bullying is to be effectively tackled.”