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:
- Emotional – Being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)
- Physical – Pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
- Racist – Racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
- Sexual – Uuwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
- Homophobic – Because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality
- Verbal – Name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
- Cyber – All 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
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.
The curriculum can be used to:
- Raise awareness about bullying and the anti-bullying policy
- Increase understanding for victims, and help build an anti-bullying ethos
- Teach pupils how constructively to manage their relationships with others
Through the PSHCE curriculum and use of SEAL material we explore such issues as:
- Why do people bully each other?
- What are the effects of bullying on the bullied, on bullies, and on bystanders?
- What can we do to stop bullying?
We will use videos, interactive CD-ROMs and visiting theatre-in-education groups to support our curriculum work.
Our Anti – bullying scheme of work:
Staff training, including Teaching Assistants and Midday Supervisors, is planned to take place periodically, as a means of keeping the policy active, and updating it where deemed necessary.
Six year 4 and year 5 children are trained as anti-bullying ambassadors. They can provide mediation and support for younger children during playtimes and lunch times. They promote the school’s anti-bullying agenda, through assemblies, competitions, posters and leading discussions at class circle times. They assist the Midday Supervisors in their role of keeping everybody happy and safe.
Our anti-bullying and behaviour policies can be found here: