Press release

16 November 2011

Being left out is worst form of bullying according to research

Schools and parents should be aware of the potential harm done to young people when they experience bullying through ‘being left out’, according to research carried out in National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) Attitude Surveys.

Overall, this type of bullying is more strongly associated with poor emotional wellbeing than any other type, including more explicit forms such as physical and verbal abuse. For this reason it is important that schools look for ways to build on the efforts they already make to help young people to socialise, and explore ways of supporting them when relationships with other pupils break down.
Over 35,000 children aged 11 to 18 from almost 100 secondary schools were asked questions as part of the NFER Attitude Surveys about the types of bullying they had experienced over their last 12 months and why they think they may have been bullied. The full analysis can be found at: 

‘Being left out’ is more common amongst girls than boys. However, it was found that the link between this type of bullying and poor emotional wellbeing is stronger in boys.

Other findings from the analysis include:

The data for this analysis was collected between January and December 2010. The NFER attitude surveys are an efficient way for any school to gather information on pupil, parent and staff attitudes to wellbeing issues and school satisfaction, helping to improve outcomes for pupils and build stronger relationships with parents and staff. For more information visit: /pps


For more information contact: Jane Parrack, Marketing Communications Manager at NFER on 01753 637245 /


14 – 18 November 2011 is National Anti-Bullying Week. For more information visit: