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Last Updated: Thursday November 15 2007 07:32 GMT

Older kids to help beat bullies


There's a new campaign to beat the bullies by teaching older kids how to help sort out young pupils' problems.

The government is putting 3m into the school-based scheme in England, which it's hoped will help tackle bullying wherever it takes place.

The money will be spent on trial projects - supervised by teachers - training older pupils how to help younger kids by talking through rows.

They'll also learn how to offer advice and help other pupils make friends.

Ed Balls, who's in charge of schools, children and family issues for the government, announced the scheme at the start of national anti-bullying week.

He said: "Bullying is totally unacceptable in whatever form it takes.

"It is not an issue we can sweep under the carpet - it's something we must all stand up to."

Other trial ideas will see Year 7 kids being paired up with older pupils to help them settle in to their new secondary school.

In primary schools, there will be "playground buddies" who will help younger kids who are struggling to fit in.

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