Alex Wildman
Alex Wildman

Bullying in schools under review

THE NSW Minister for Education and Training, Verity Firth today said the NSW Government would accept a number of recommendations put forward by the State Coroner following the Inquest into the death of Alex Wildman in 2008.

“Alex Wildman’s death in 2008 was a tragedy and our sympathy remains with his family and friends,” Ms Firth said.

“The Coroner’s recommendations are currently being carefully examined and I will be responding in full as soon as possible.

“In the interim, a comprehensive review into the school counselling service across the state’s public schools is already underway.

“We will also implement a new enrolment policy that will require students who are transferring to new schools outside the normal transition period to have an initial meeting with the school counsellor.

“The Department will undertake a trial of a dedicated email address for the purpose of reporting bullying at a sample number of pilot schools.

“I strongly support the Coroner’s recommendation to simplify the information given to schools about bullying and I have instructed the Department to distil that information down to a concise brochure that is clear and consistent."

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