A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Recording and monitoring of bullying in schools is considered in the national anti-bullying strategy for Scotland as “essential”. Specifically in relation to prejudice-based incidents, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission highlights recording and monitoring as a key area of good practice.
“Recording is not related to the chastisement of perpetrators, but is instead is used as a management tool to continually develop anti-bullying strategies and act on any emerging patterns of bullying incidents. Recording is to inform rather than to immediately act upon.
“The forms will usually also capture views about the process and the resolution reached so in this way from the point of view of those involved (staff/victims), which allows improvements to be made to the effectiveness of anti-bullying policy and practice and make the learning experience more enjoyable and beneficial for all."