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Anti Bullying Policy

Statement of Intent

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.

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:

  • Emotionalbeing unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)
  • Physicalpushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
  • Racistracial taunts, graffiti, gestures
  • Sexualunwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
  • Homophobicbecause of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality
  • Verbalname-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
  • CyberAll areas of internet, such as email & internet chat room misuse. Mobile threats by text messaging & calls Misuse of associated technology, i.e. camera &video facilities
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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.

Objectives of this Policy

All governors, teaching and non-teaching staff, pupils and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is.
All governors and teaching and non-teaching staff should know what the school policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported.
All pupils and parents should know what the school policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.
As a school we take bullying seriously. Pupils and parents should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.
Bullying will not be tolerated.

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:
is frightened of walking to or from school
doesn't want to go on the school / public bus
begs to be driven to school
changes their usual routine
is unwilling to go to school (school phobic)
begins to truant
becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence
starts stammering
attempts or threatens suicide or runs away
cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
feels ill in the morning
begins to do poorly in school work
comes home with clothes torn or books damaged
has possessions which are damaged or " go missing"
asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay bully)
has dinner or other monies continually "lost"
has unexplained cuts or bruises
comes home starving (money / lunch has been stolen)
becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
is bullying other children or siblings
stops eating
is frightened to say what's wrong
gives improbable excuses for any of the above
is afraid to use the internet or mobile phone
is nervous & jumpy when a cyber message is received
These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated.

Procedures

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

Outcomes

1) The bully (bullies) may be asked to genuinely apologise. Other consequences may take place.
2) In serious cases, suspension or even exclusion will be considered
3) If possible, the pupils will be reconciled
4) After the incident / incidents have been investigated and dealt with, each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place

Prevention

We will use KIDSCAPE methods for helping children to prevent bullying. As and when appropriate, these may include:
writing a set of school rules
signing a behaviour contract
writing stories or poems or drawing pictures about bullying
reading stories about bullying or having them read to a class or assembly
making up role-plays (or using KIDSCAPE role-plays)
having discussions about bullying and why it matters


HELP ORGANISATIONS: (UK phone numbers)

Advisory Centre for Education (ACE)   :   0808 800 5793
Children's Legal Centre   :   0845 345 4345
KIDSCAPE Parents Helpline (Mon-Fri, 10-4)   :    0845 1 205 204
Parentline Plus   :   0808 800 2222
Youth Access   :   020 8772 9900
Bullying Online   :   www.bullying.co.uk

Visit the Kidscape website www.kidscape.org.uk for further support, links and advice.

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