The school believes that bullying is damaging and is unacceptable at any level.  It is also clear that all members of the school must be vigilant and rigorous in ensuring that this behaviour does not have a base to fester and develop within the school.

Aims:

The purpose of the anti-bullying policy is to:

  • define types of behaviour that can be described as bullying
  • outline strategies for preventing bullying and helping victim and bully
  • provide guidance for dealing with incidents of bullying

What is bullying? 

Bullying is behaviour that intimidates or lowers another person’s self-esteem. There are many definitions of bullying but most consider it to be:

  • deliberately hurtful, causing pain and distress
  • repeated over a period of time
  • intimidating, difficult for victims to defend themselves

 Bullying can take many forms. Three main types are:

  • physical – hitting, kicking, pushing, slapping, pinching, snatching or taking property, inappropriate / uninvited touching
  • verbal – name-calling, teasing, insulting, making offensive or threatening remarks
  • indirect – spreading hurtful or personal stories about someone, exclusion from social groups, ignoring, deliberate use of unacceptable body language or non-verbal ‘comments’ (e.g.. giving dirty looks, intimidation.)

Effects of bullying on a person:

  • Bullying can lead to loss of self-esteem, confidence, depression, loss of academic success and many other physical or emotional symptoms.

Situations that may lead to bullying:

  • friendship group / peer pressure
  • race (ethnic origin, nationality or colour)
  • gender / sexuality
  • religious beliefs
  • new child in school
  • child with family crisis
  • ability
  • difference of any kind e.g. age, size, wearing glasses

Factors that may lead to bullying: 

  • victim of bullying
  • enjoyment of power and creating fear
  • copying behaviour seen at home, school, on TV or in neighbourhood
  • low self-esteem, insecurity
  • peer pressure, wanting to be one of the gang

Role of school:

Through the curriculum provide opportunities to:

  • raise awareness of bullying and anti-bullying policy
  • increase understanding for victims and bullies
  • establish an anti-bullying ethos
  • teach pupils how to constructively manage their relationships

Provide strategies for preventing bullying by:

  • encouraging children to work co-operatively
  • addressing bullying issues in circle time, mentoring and PHSE
  • induction for new pupils
  • developing a ‘listening’ ethos
  • staff training
  • provide good role models
  • regular communications between lunchtime staff and teaching team
  • understanding that all members of the school community could be vulnerable to bullying at sometime in their lives
  • recording incidents of bullying, the context and persons involved
  • reviewing the procedures in place on at least an annual basis

When responding to incidents of bullying, staff will listen to children and parents and respond in the following ways:

  • talk to all children involved to establish facts without making assumptions
  • inform Deputy Head or Head Teacher immediately of any bullying incidents
  • discuss incidents with parents of all children concerned
  • apply appropriate sanctions (exclusion from trips, internal exclusion, fixed term exclusion)
  • follow up incidents and monitor to make sure bullying has not continued
  • adopt a problem-solving approach (not blame and shame) to support the victim and bully
  • record racist incidents in a separate book
  • report serious incidents to the Governors
  • for continuous bullying, a child or children may be excluded

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • policy will be reviewed annually by school staff
  • governors informed termly on behaviour issues
  • parents informed annually on behaviour via Governors report
  • termly monitoring of school data on behaviour
  • monitoring of children’s views through circle time, mentoring, informal discussions and surveys

Role of the parents:

  • contact the school immediately if they are aware or worried about an incident that may bullying
  • encourage your child to talk to someone if you suspect they are worried about bullying
  • talk to a member of staff if you are worried about bullying, do not approach the bully or their family
  • take seriously what your child is saying
  • talk through the next step with your child

Don’t condone bullying by saying things like:

  • you must have done something to deserve it
  • go and hit him/her back
  • it will sort itself out
  • don’t tell tales
  • support anti-bullying ethos

Role of the children:

  • don’t put up with being bullied
  • do talk to an adult at home or school if you are being bullied
  • do take a friend with you if you are scared to tell an adult alone
  • do tell if you see someone being bullies
  • don’t ignore bullying, it won’t go away

Success Criteria:

  • Children feel safe in school and fell able to seek an adult intervention
  • Monitoring by staff and the SMT
  • Through circle time, KS2 mentoring scheme
  • Informal discussions with pupils and parents
  • Identifying and recording incidents involving the same child or same group of children as bully/ies and a behaviour plan put in place

National and Local Support agencies:

All phone numbers and addresses can be found in the office.

  • NSPCC
  • Childline
  • Kidscape
  • Parentline Plus