HEAD teachers and education chiefs from Kirklees are supporting a national campaign to crack down on bullying in schools.
The Make the Difference campaign aims to highlight the importance of tackling bullying and to celebrate effective practice in Yorkshire schools.
Head teachers and schools, pupils, local education authorities and voluntary organisations were brought together for the Yorkshire launch.
And they have been invited to adopt an anti-bullying Charter for Action in which they commit the whole school community to a culture where bullying is not tolerated and is actively tackled.
Mr Stephen Mason, social work manager in Kirklees education service, said for many of the Kirklees representatives it was a refresher course - the authority already has a number of anti-bullying initiatives in schools.
"The campaign aims to encourage children and young people to tell parents, teachers and other staff in schools if they are unhappy in school or are worried about bullying.
Education Minister Ivan Lewis said: "Bullying is not a part of growing up. Bullying is not character building. Bullying is physical or emotional assault and can lead to tragic consequences.
"No one can tackle bullying on their own, and no one will stop bullying overnight.
"But together, in a true partnership of schools, professional associations, voluntary organisations, parents and young people, we can make the difference."