We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school. If bullying does occur, all pupils should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff. Each pupil has signed the anti-bullying pledge.
Objectives of this Policy
What Is Bullying?
Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim.
Bullying can be:
We recognise that some groups of pupils may be more vulnerable to bullying, including:
Why is it Important to Respond to Bullying?
Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Pupils who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.
Schools have a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.
Signs and Symptoms
A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:
These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated. If there is a problem we believe in early intervention between home and school and will inform parents if we are concerned about their child’s behaviour. This enables us to work together. If parents have any concerns about major changes in their child’s behaviour at home, they should discuss them with the class teacher.
The situation will be monitored on a daily basis and parents/carers will be given regular feedback.
If bullying persists parents/carers will be made aware of the seriousness of their child’s actions. The child displaying unacceptable behaviour, may be asked to genuinely apologise (as appropriate to the child’s age and level of understanding). Other consequences may take place: eg a parent being informed about their child’s behaviour and a request that the parents support the school with any sanctions that it takes and appropriate plans will be put in place. Support from outside agencies may be sought if deemed appropriate. Wherever possible, the pupils will be reconciled.
An intervention plan will be started, aimed at rebuilding the victim’s self-esteem, and the assistance of specialists within the authority such as the School Psychological Service, may be requested.
The ultimate sanction is exclusion of the bully from school. As a school we have a responsibility, before resorting to this, to do everything reasonably possible to effect a change in the behaviour of the bullying child, so that he/she can ultimately live in an adult world showing empathy to other people.
Strategies to Prevent Bullying
Our principal aim is to provide a safe, secure environment in school. Through the PSHE curriculum and Daily Act of Collective Worship, children can develop a heightened awareness of their own and others’ feelings and needs. Children should be encouraged to develop practical strategies and solutions to bullying and social problems by:-
Developing assertiveness strategies
Encouraging them to always tell an adult
Encouraging bystanders to seek help
Increasing their understanding of the effects of bullying
Challenging thinking and attitudes
We will use different methods for helping children to prevent bullying, as and when appropriate, these may include:
This policy was initially based on the sample policy issued by Kidscape
This policy will be reviewed annually during the autumn term
Last review: November 2017