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
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:
Misuse of associated technology , i.e. camera & video facilities
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.
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
1. Report bullying incidents to staff
2. In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be recorded by staff
3. In serious cases parents should be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem
4. If necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted
5. The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly
6. An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour
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.
A behaviour log will be kept noting behaviour in class, particularly attitudes to other children. This will be sent home daily for parents to read and sign. If behaviour does not improve, the child may be excluded from school or lunchtimes. Parents will be asked to collect their child.
A special Needs 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.
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:-
We will use different methods for helping children to prevent bullying, as and when appropriate, these may include:
We are now involved in an Anti-Bullying project through our work with Achievement for All. This will allow us to ensure all pupils have the right skills to support any issues they may have now or in the future.
This policy is based on the sample policy issued by Kidscape.
This policy will be reviewed annually during anti-bullying week
Last review: November 2016