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  Bullies forced to 'face actions'
Updated 13 January 2004, 18.46
The scheme has been proven to help cut bullying
Bullies and kids who mess about badly in class are being made to face up to their actions in parts of Scotland.

The school scheme encourages pupils to think about what they've done and say sorry to their victims, with help from other pupils and teachers.

It will be tried out in Fife, Highland and North Lanarkshire. A similar scheme in Glasgow has worked and stopped kids behaving so badly.

Teachers say the scheme cuts down bullying and helps motivate kids.

Serious problem

As part of the plans, specially-trained pupils and teachers help kids involved in a row to agree what's happened, who's been hurt by it and how it can be sorted out.

If there's a really serious problem, an expert can be brought in from outside the school to help resolve it.

"Making pupils take responsibility for their actions helps put them back on the right track," education minister Peter Peacock said.

Schemes like this are also being tried out in parts of England, America and Europe.

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