Our intentions in producing this statement are:
To express our belief that all pupils should be included fully in the life of the school.
To provide a learning environment free from any threat or fear, which is conducive to the achievement of individual aspirations.
To reduce and to eradicate, wherever possible, instances in which pupils are made to feel frightened, excluded or unhappy.
To reduce and to eradicate, wherever possible, instances in which pupils are subject to any form of bullying.
To respond effectively to all instances of bullying that are reported to us.
To establish a means of dealing with bullying, and of providing support to pupils who have been bullied.
To provide support for pupils who are accused of bullying, who may be experiencing problems of their own.
Our definition of bullying:
Bullying involves dominance of one person by another, or a group of others, is pre-meditated and usually forms a pattern of behaviour.
Bullying is therefore:
It can take many forms but the main types are:
Some forms of bullying are attacks not only on the individual, but also on the group to which he or she may belong. Within school we will pay particular attention to:
Creating an anti-bullying environment in school:
Our school’s Behaviour and Rewards Policy explains how we promote positive behaviour in school to create an environment where pupils behave well; where pupils take responsibility for each other's emotional and social well-being; and where they include and support each other.
We also draw on the school’s Curriculum, PSHE and SEAL materials (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) and promote appropriate behaviour through direct teaching, and by creating an emotionally and socially safe environment where these skills are learned and practised. Our aim is to create a climate where bullying is not accepted by anyone within the school community.
Our curriculum is used to:
Circle Time, assemblies, role- plays and stories are used to show what pupils can do to prevent bullying, and to create an anti-bullying climate in school.
Bullying will not be tolerated and we make this clear in the information we give to pupils and parents when they join our school.
We will publish our anti-bullying policy on the school web-site.
Posters around school will tell pupils what to do if they are bullied, or see others being bullied, and about Childline and other sources of confidential help.
Our School Council offers a forum in which concerns about bullying can be discussed on a regular basis.
We will provide written guidance for parents in the school prospectus what to do if they suspect their child is being bullied at school.
We will ask pupils whether they feel safe in school and we will supervise, and try to eliminate any unsafe areas which they report to us.
We will provide regular training/reminders for teachers and non-teaching staff on spotting the signs of bullying and how to respond to it.
STRATEGIES FOR DEALING WITH BULLYING
In dealing with incidents of bullying we will use a range of strategies, selecting those appropriate to the circumstances from the following list:
[For further clarification see DfES “Bullying – Don’t Suffer in Silence” anti-bullying pack p 21-31]
RESPONDING TO INCIDENTS WHEN THEY OCCUR
Pupils who have been bullied should report this to:
Pupils who see others being bullied should report this to:
Members of staff who receive reports that a pupil has been bullied should report this to
Reports of bullying will be logged by:
All reports will be taken seriously and will be followed up by the class teacher or member of the SLT
Work with children who have been bullied could involve some or all of the following:
We will provide support to pupils who are bullied:
We may then adopt strategies from the following list as appropriate:
There is a tendency, often quite a natural one, to want to investigate an incident and “get to the bottom of it.” Sometimes this will be entirely appropriate. There will be other occasions where an extended investigation is actually unhelpful and where a problem solving approach will be the most effective response.
Our policy will be to use our discretion to respond flexibly and in an appropriate way to each incident
WHEN TOUGHER MEASURES ARE NEEDED
If necessary, we will invoke the following range of sanctions that are in line with the school’s Behaviour & Rewards Policy. These include
Everyone within school is expected to:
Pupils are expected to:
Parents can help by:
BULLYING OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL PREMISES
Schools are not directly responsible for bullying that occurs off the premises but we know that bullying can occur outside the school gates and on journeys to and from school. The bullying may be done by pupils from our own school, by pupils from other schools or by people who are not at school at all. Where a pupil or parent tells us of bullying off the school premises we will:
The DfES says that, “exceptionally failure to take disciplinary steps to combat harmful behaviour outside the school might breach the school’s common duty of care.” Legal Services advise that schools can take disciplinary action against pupils for incidents that occur outside of school.
CONCERNS, COMPLAINTS … AND COMPLIMENTS
We recognise that there may be times when parents feel that we have not dealt well with an incident of bullying and we would ask that this be brought to the Headteacher’s notice. If the Headteacher cannot resolve these concerns informally, parents can raise their concerns more formally through the school’s Complaints Procedure a copy of which may be obtained from the school office.
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