Reviewed January 2017
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‘It really isn’t big to make someone feel small….’
Our anti-bullying policy is to ensure that our pupils are able to learn and play in a safe, secure, caring and fair minded environment without fear of being bullied. We want to eliminate bullying at our school. Therefore we aim to create a clear and transparent approach to bullying in which reported or perceived instances of bullying are challenged immediately and dealt with sensitively and in a sustained manner by all our staff.
What is Bullying?
Our school recognises that bullying is a form of anti-social behaviour that can have a devastating impact on our pupils and their families. It is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. It can take many forms but is recognised by the school as “deliberate, hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time.”
The four main types of bullying are identified as:
- Physical (hitting, kicking, hiding/damaging belongings)
- Verbal (name calling, racist remarks, homophobic, disability/SEN)
- Indirect/Emotional (spreading rumours, exclusion from social groups, threatening gestures)
- Cyber (sending nasty texts, e-mails, phone calls, comments on web sites)
Signs of bullying
Our school recognises that the signs of a child being bullied may be varied and may involve:
- A child showing physical injury
- A child reporting an incident through another person
- A child appearing regularly withdrawn and unhappy in school
- A child’s work or social behaviour changing dramatically
- A child reluctant to come to school or going home
- A child afraid to be near someone else
- A child isolated and lonely at playtimes and lunchtimes
Our staff are expected to be mindful of outward signs of these and to investigate and follow policy accordingly.
What bullying is not?
We accept that bullying in not the occasional falling out with friends, minor peer group disputes, or when the occasional trick or joke is played on someone. It is bullying if it is done “Several Times On Purpose” (STOP).
Our School and Class Codes of Behaviour
Our school’s Behaviour and Discipline Policy states clearly our agreed school and class codes of behaviour. These are published on the School Website and have been approved by all learners, staff and the School Governing Body. They are regularly referred to by teaching and support staff and are a frequent focus/theme in School Assemblies/Acts of Collective Worship. It is our expectations that at all times our pupils aspire to the highest standards of care, courtesy and respect for others in their behaviour and that they understand that bullying in all its forms has no place at Norbury Hall Primary School.
Procedures for Reporting and Responding to allegations of Bullying
It is our expectation that all our staff will respond calmly and consistently to any allegations and incidents of bullying at NorburyHallPrimary School. These will be taken seriously by all staff and dealt with impartially and promptly. All those involved will have the opportunity to be heard. Staff will protect and support all children involved whilst allegations and incidents are investigated and resolved.
The following procedure will be used for reporting and responding to bullying allegations or incidents:
1. Report all bullying allegations to a member of the teaching staff (normally the child’s class teacher) for initial investigation.
2. Staff will ensure the victim(s) feels safe.
3. Appropriate advice will be given to help and support the victim.
4. Staff involved will ascertain the facts and will listen and speak to all the children involved about the incident/allegation, separately where appropriate.
5. Where allegations of bullying appear justified staff will inform the Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher who will seek parental involvement/contact to discuss the matter.
6. In cases of proven serious bullying, the incident will be recorded by staff and reports collated by the Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher. Advice/support from external agencies may be sought.
7. Appropriate action will be taken quickly to end the bullying behaviour or threats of bullying.
8. If appropriate the bully/bullies may be offered the opportunity to genuinely apologise to the victim. Other consequences may take place and appropriate sanctions applied.
9. If possible, pupils will be encouraged to reconcile their differences.
10. An attempt will be made, and support given, to help the bully (bullies) understand and change his/her/their behaviour.
11. In proven cases of bullying and where allegations , though not proven, raise concerns parents will be informed by staff and may be requested to attend a meeting at school to discuss the problem.
12. After the incident has been investigated and dealt with, staff will monitor the children involved to ensure further bullying does not take place.
13. All staff will be made regularly aware of any bullying issues.
14. If necessary, the Headteacher will consider any Child Protection Safeguarding issues and parents may be advised to consult with Social Services and/or the Police.
Sanctions in response to Bullying
Our staff will always be mindful of the school’s agreed Behaviour and Discipline Policy in relation to the imposition of sanctions on those children whose actions are deemed to be bullying. Sanctions which may be used must always be proportionate and appropriate to the age of the child and the severity and frequency of the bullying. These will normally be imposed by the Class Teacher initially and in some cases may be taken further by the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher or Assistant Headteacher.
Sanctions will include:
- a sincere apology to the victim(s) verbally and/or in writing.
- loss of school privileges
- loss of playtimes or lunchtimes
- loss of Golden Time
- parents will be requested to discuss the matter at school with the member of staff responsible for setting the sanction.
- child will go on a self-improvement report/playtime/lunchtime behaviour log
- be withdrawn from school teams, after school clubs, discos and activities
- fixed term exclusion
- permanent exclusion
Strategies for Prevention and Reduction of Bullying
- addressing bullying through the curriculum (Circle Time, PSHE, Drama, SEAL)
- addressing bullying through assemblies
- providing and endorsing/praising excellent role models who show sensitivity, politeness, respect and honesty
- teaching and promoting caring attitudes
- discussing supportive relationships and conflict resolution strategies
- endorsing the annual national anti-bullying week in schools
- using drama and role play to help children become more assertive
- using art and play therapies as well as other counselling approaches to recognise strategies
- seeking regularly the views of our School Council on bullying issues
- creation of an anti-bullying and “telling” ethos throughout school
Guidance, Advice and Support for Victim(s) of Bullying
Victim(s) of bullying and their families will be reassured by the teaching staff and advised of where further reassurance, guidance and support may be obtained. Staff will continue to monitor behaviours around the victim and will initially form a ‘daily check in’ with the vicitim.
Useful websites promoted by the Anti-Bullying Alliance are:
Our advice as a school to pupils who may become a victim(s) or bullying will be as follows:
Remember if you are being bullied it’s not your fault. If someone is bullying you, tell someone what is happening – someone you feel you can trust, maybe a parent, a relative, a teacher or a youth leader. It’s harder for a bully to pick on you if they know you have someone to support you. And telling is not “grassing” – you have a right to be and feel, safe!
1. It’s important to find someone to talk to – they can help you think about what to do next.
2. Don’t keep it to yourself – it’s ok to share your worries. Speak to your friends, parents or a teacher. You can always find Miss Wood or Mrs Ames to share your worries with.
3. Write down what happens and the dates, places and times when bullying happens. This will help school decide how best to put a stop to it.
4. Stay with your friends – bullying is less likely to happen if bullies know you are with your friends and not on your own.
5. Walk away – don’t worry if others think you’re running away; it’s more difficult for a bully to pick on someone who won’t stand still!
This policy, which is linked to the school’s Behaviour and Discipline Policy and Anti-Racist Policy will be reviewed annually and revised as necessary by the Headteacher in consultation with the staff, pupils and School Governing Body on which there is significant parental representation.