The TIMSS reports alarming statistics for New Zealand. Year 5 students self-report bullying behaviours "about weekly or monthly".

KEY POINTS:

  • Rates of bullying in New Zealand are very high compared to other countries

  • The percentage of Year 5 students reporting recurrent bullying was statistically significantly lower in 43 of the 50 countries in the study

  • Only in one country was statistically significantly more bullying reported

  • New Zealand has not been reducing bullying in primary schools. This negative pattern has been evident since 1994

  • 31% of the New Zealand middle primary students surveyed said they experienced bullying "about weekly"

  • Students who reported the most frequent bullying had significantly lower achievement in mathematics and science

  • Bullying has negative effects on student identity and well-being