Banter or bullying? Study highlights training gap for teachers

A majority of teachers get no training on how to deal with the “fine and subjective line” between banter and bullying in schools.
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A survey to mark this year’s Anti-Bullying Week finds that 26% of teachers say that banter is a “serious problem” in their schools.

However, at the same time, 84% of around 900 teachers surveyed said that they have not received any training on responding to often challenging situations involving “banter”.

The research by Nottingham Trent University found that the biggest problem for teachers (84% in the survey) is knowing when banter has crossed that line to become bullying behaviour.

Of the respondents, 64% said they had no school policy on this issue and 62% agreed that the line between banter and bullying was often “fine and subjective”.

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