Review Date February 2019
What is bullying?
Bullying is any repeated words or actions, which are aimed at causing someone to feel frightened, miserable and helpless in school. Bullying isn’t individual incidents of physical aggression or unkindness.
• deliberately hurtful;
• repeated over a period of time;
• difficult for victims to defend themselves against
Bullying can take many forms, but three main types are:
• Physical: hitting, kicking, taking belongings, pushing;
• Verbal: name calling, insulting, making offensive remarks;
• Direct non-verbal: aggressive faces or actions, glaring
• Indirect: spreading nasty stories about someone, whispering behind someone’s back, exclusion from social groups, encouraging others to be unkind, being made the subject of malicious rumours, sending malicious e-mails or text messages on mobile phones, jokes where the intent is not friendly.
Key message -Don’t Suffer in Silence
• Everybody has a right to come to school and be safe from unkindness, threats and violence
• People who are bullied need to be heard and their every worry and concern listened to
• At school we can only help if people are willing to talk to us about bullying
• In this document we will explain to pupils, parents and staff what we will do when someone talks to us about bullying
As a school we are committed to, not only dealing with bullying, but to doing all that we can to prevent it happening in the first place. We seek to build self-esteem in pupils and to develop tolerance of others. We use curriculum time during Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHCE) and Religious Education (RE) lessons and assembly times to explore issues around bullying and consider other people’s points of view. Our aim is to raise awareness about bullying, our anti bullying policy and the strategies of support we have in school. We also teach all pupils assertiveness skills and how to manage their relationship with others.
Our anti-bullying policy encourages pupils to speak to an adult in or out of school that they trust implicitly if they are being bullied and promises that the disclosure will be taken seriously and acted on. Essentially we believe that for bullying to be perpetrated there needs to be secrecy and fear. By speaking out this atmosphere of secrecy and fear can be broken.
If a pupil approaches them, all adults have the responsibility to listen and pass on details to the class teacher and SENCO. The class teacher and SENCO (if necessary) will then investigate and follow up. Once the investigation has been completed the action that is required will be determined and communicated to all appropriate people. The Head teacher will be informed.
Some of our most serious sanctions may be used in cases of severe and persistent bullying.
Bullying is not just part of school life and something you should get used to. It shouldn’t happen to you and if it is get some help to deal with it.
If you are being bullied in school:
• Talk to an adult in or out of school that you trust. In school it might be helpful to talk to a friend first and seek reassurance that what is going on is bullying. Ask them to help you go and talk to an adult if that would support you. If you talk to an adult out of school they could come into school on your behalf.
• Don’t listen to the bully when they say that you will be in trouble if you talk to someone.
• If you wish to speak to an adult in school you can request a time when there is no-one around so you can speak freely. What you say will be passed onto your class teacher and the SENCO who will support you in dealing with this problem. You will be taken seriously.
• If you need somewhere to be safe, there will be a place for you to go while the problem is being sorted out.
If you see someone being bullied at school:
The best thing you can do to help is to talk to the person you think is being bullied. Encourage them to talk to an adult they trust in or out of school. You could offer to accompany them. If the person does not want you to tell an adult but you feel worried by what you saw tell your friend that you need to tell an adult. Some people may not recognise when they are actually being bullied of may have become used to behaviour others would deem unacceptable. Don’t listen to the bully when they say that you will be in trouble if you talk to someone.
If you are being bullied out of school:
Talk to an adult in or out of school that you trust. If appropriate the PCO might be involved in helping you to stop the bullying.
If a pupil or pupil advocate comes to a member of staff and says they are being bullied in school:
• Listen to what is said and take it seriously
• Record what they have said in the Personal and Social notes and pass the information onto the class teacher and SENCO
• Make it clear that they have made the right decision to tell and acknowledge their courage in telling.
• Acknowledge that it may take some time to stop the bullying but that by working together the bullying will be stopped
• Offer the support of a safe room/area if it is necessary
• Monitor those students involved in the future
If your child is being bullied or is bullying in school:
We can help. Contact the school and ask to speak to the class teacher or SENCO. Talk over the problem calmly with the teacher. Children who are being bullied can become upset, anxious and confused about what has actually happened.
Bullies are often not happy themselves. We as a school would always consider why the bully is bullying and address any issues that arise. We acknowledge that punishing bullying may not be enough to stop the bullying. The priority is to stop the bullying by changing the behaviour of the bully and to help the bully understand why they are bullying.
Guidance should also be sought from the Race Equality policy, the Positive Behaviour Management policy, the Equal Opportunities policy and the Inclusion policy.
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