Half of Britain's children are terrified about returning to school - but is it any surprise when A THIRD of pupils are victims of bullying?

  • 48 per cent of mums say their child is anxious about returning to school
  • Survey by This Morning also shows 60 per cent are petrified of bullies

By Caroline Mcguire for MailOnline

New pencil cases and lunchboxes, shiny shoes and freshly ironed uniforms can only mean one thing - the start of a new school year. 

But while some children are always going to be looking forward to a new term, a new survey shows that almost half of the UK's children are worried about going back to school. 

And it's bullies in playgrounds across the nation who are responsible for causing huge amounts of concern for students getting ready to return to the classroom.
 

Nearly a third of children have been victims of bullying (picture posed by models) 

Nearly a third of children have been victims of bullying (picture posed by models) 

It's little surprise that 60 per cent of parents are terrified of bullying when nearly a third say their child has already suffered at the hands of playground thugs.

The new survey by ITV's This Morning was commissioned by the programme to find out what most children and parents are worried about heading back into the classroom.

They polled 2000 parents of school children aged between five-16 this week and show hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford will be discussing the results with Jeff Brazier on today's programme, as his son Freddie gets ready to start secondary school himself next week for the first time.   

Bullies aren't the only things causing sleepless nights - exams and homework are also top of the list of concerns for students. 

More than one in four parents say their child suffers from exam-related stress, and almost half are concerned that their child is given too much homework. 

More than one in four children suffer form exam-related stress 

More than one in four children suffer form exam-related stress 

For parents though, the biggest concern is stranger danger, with three quarters concerned about people approaching their kids on the way home. 

Jeff Brazier's son Freddie from his relationship with the late Jade Goody starts at secondary school next week.

He appeared on the show to talk about his worries and how he has dealt with them in the run up to the first day of term.

He said: 'My main concern is that my son isn't going to make the most of all of the opportunities there.

Jeff Brazier pictured with his sons Bobby (left) and Freddie (right) back in 2009 

Jeff Brazier pictured with his sons Bobby (left) and Freddie (right) back in 2009 

'I like to encourage him to do everything, to try everything - if he wants to try the guitar, I'll sign him up for lessons.' 

Bullying is less of concern for Jeff as his son's school has put systems in place to try and prevent any older children taking advantage of the new recruits in the first week. 

He said: 'Freddie's school is very clever, because they're only going to be in with Year 11 on the first day to get them ready without too many students already there.

'And my advice is that it's hard to look confident, but if you focus on the positives and what friends you can make, then it's a lot easier.

'If you only look out for the negatives, then you miss everything good. 

'Also, don't impose your fears onto your child, then they will become aware of that.' 


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