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Playground makeover to tackle bullying
School bullies
Most school bullying takes place in the playground
Playtime breaks at schools on Tyneside are be to be given a makeover in an effort to cut schoolyard bullying.

Games and a range of new clubs are to be created from schools in Newcastle as part of a new anti-bullying project.

Teachers are also to get better training to help them respond to bullying.

The move, by Newcastle City Council, follows research which showed the majority of bullying happens in the playground.

Pupils will be involved in tackling as part of the authority's Children Against Bullying in Schools (CABS) initiative.

The council recently launched its anti-truancy campaign in a bid to better school attendance.

CABS will run in partnership with the campaign as bullying has been identified as a reason for youngsters to truant.

One school has designed a friendship seat to encourage children to help victims of bullying.

Melanie Scott, CABS project co-ordinator, said: "The aim of the project is to empower children to access their right to education without fear of harm or abuse.

"We also want to involve parents at every stage in this work."





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