COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: ChildLine provides teacher training to challenge bullying

ChildLine is helping tackle bullying in the classroom with a series of training events for teachers.

It launched the scheme after consultations with teachers about the 20,000 bullying-related calls made by children to ChildLine every year. The charity said the consultations uncovered a huge demand for training from teachers who were unsure about how to deal effectively with the problem of children being bullied at school.

The first event, called 'Conflict in the Classroom - a positive approach for change', will be held on 12 November in London, organised through the charity's ChildLine In Partnership with Schools (Chips) scheme.

"We've held two high-profile anti-bullying conferences and we work with young people and teachers in more than 1,000 schools across the UK to help them deal with bullying and the devastation it can wreak," said Maggie Turner, head of Chips.

"The course is designed to identify ways for teachers to reduce conflict, bullying and challenging behaviour in the classroom," she said. "We have places for around 100 teachers but envisage that the event will be rolled out across the UK over the next two years."

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