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Anti-Bullying Policy

 

Walverden Primary School

Anti-bullying Policy

 

Mission Statement

The school seeks to create a happy, caring and secure learning environment in which all children achieve their potential.

 

Values and Principles

In line with the Directorate for Children and Young People’s anti bullying values and principles, at Walverden we will:-

  • Promote a shared understanding of bullying behaviour and raise awareness among the whole school community.
  • Provide a secure framework for managing and preventing incidents of bullying behaviour.
  • Monitor, evaluate and report on the nature and extent of bullying activity in our school.
  • Develop training and materials which will better equip our school community with the skills and knowledge they need to deal with bullying behaviour.

 

Aims and Objectives of the Policy

  • To ensure that all members of the school community are aware of the school definition of bullying.  
  • To ensure that all Governors, staff, parents and children are aware of the policy and what their respective roles and responsibilities are.

 

What is bullying?

Through the SEAL project, our children will learn that bullying:-

  1. goes on for a while, or happens regularly
  2. is deliberate.  The other person wants to hurt, humiliate or harm the target.
  3. Involves someone (or several people) who are stronger in some way than the person being bullied.

 

Because these three things have to happen together for something to be called ‘bullying’, our children will learn that bullying is not:-

  1. a one off fight or argument
  2. a friend sometimes being nasty
  3. an argument with a friend.

 

 

 

 

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         unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
  • Homophobic because of, or focusing 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

 

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.

 

To Whom the Policy Applies

This policy applies to all adults, children and young people whilst they are on the school premises or engaged in school activities whilst under the care of school staff.  In appropriate circumstances, it may also apply to members of the school community on the way to and from school.

 

The policy addresses the following forms of bullying:-

                             Child to child

                             Adult to child

                             Child to adult

                             Adult to adult

 

All adults have a responsibility to act under the duty of care.

 

Responding to bullying behaviour

A) Concerns raised by parents

Parents should be encouraged to raise their concerns initially with the class teacher.  These concerns should be recorded on a ‘Bullying Concern Form.’ (see Appendix 1).  The Class Teacher and Head of Key Stage should then meet to discuss the issues.  This discussion should cover:-

                   Whether the reported incident is bullying (see definition)

                   Any intervention needed by staff

                   A timescale for reporting back to parents

                   Completed forms should be e-mailed to the Personal Development Manager

                    who will log the incidents in the TABs network location.

If the incident is confirmed as bullying, it will be referred to the Head Teacher.

 

B) Concerns raised by members of staff.

Staff should complete a ‘Bullying Concern Form.’ (see Appendix 1).  They should then discuss the incident with the Personal Development Manager.  This discussion should cover:-

                   Whether the reported incident is bullying (see definition)

                   Any intervention needed by staff

                   A timescale for reporting back to parents

                   Completed forms should be e-mailed to the Personal Development Manager

                    who will log the incidents in the TABs network location.

                    If the incident is confirmed as bullying, it will be referred to the

                    Head Teacher.

 

C) Concerns raised by children

Once incidents have been disclosed, staff should complete a ‘Bullying Concern Form.’ (see Appendix 1).  It may also be helpful to follow the guidelines in Appendix 3.  Staff should then discuss the incident with the Personal Development Manager.  This discussion should cover:-

                   Whether the reported incident is bullying (see definition)

                   Any intervention needed by staff

                   A timescale for reporting back to parents

                   Completed forms should be e-mailed to the Personal Development Manager

                    who will log the incidents in the TABs network location.

                    If the incident is confirmed as bullying, it will be referred to the

                    Head Teacher.

 

 

D) Concerns raised by visitors or other professionals who visit school

Visitors who come to school on a professional basis should be sent a copy of our ‘Visitors Booklet’ or handed one as they arrive in school.  In the booklet, visitors are asked to pass on any concerns they may have regarding a child to the class teacher.  The class teacher should then complete a ‘Bullying Concern Form.’ (see Appendix 1).  The Class Teacher and Personal Development Manger should then meet to discuss the issues.  This discussion should cover:-

                   Whether the reported incident is bullying (see definition)

                   Any intervention needed by staff

                   A timescale for reporting back to parents

                   Completed forms should be e-mailed to Personal Development Manager

                    who will log the incidents in the TABs network location.

                    If the incident is confirmed as bullying, it will be referred to the

                    Head Teacher.

 

 

NB If an incident is confirmed as bullying, a Bullying Incident Form (see Appendix 2) may need to be completed.

 

Support for children and young people, parents, staff during and immediately after incidents.

 

In all cases, parents will be contacted and asked to visit school to discuss the problems and possible solutions.

If necessary and appropriate, the police will be consulted.

The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying will be investigated and the bullying behaviour stopped quickly.

An attempt will be made to help the child exhibiting the bullying behaviour change their ways.

All staff will be made aware of the incident so that full supervision of the bullied child can be maintained.

After the incident/incidents have been investigated and dealt with, each case will be monitored to ensure that the bullying behaviour is not repeated.

 

Intervention Strategies

Counselling from the LEIS will be made available to any children who would benefit from such intervention.

Issues regarding behaviour will be monitored by Miss Blundell on a weekly basis.

 

Preventative Measures

The school will

  • use the SEAL materials within an Anti Bullying Week to help our children understand some of the issues surrounding bullying.
  • provide a safe and secure environment where children feel able to talk about their problems and concerns.
  • offer mentoring, counselling and peer support where necessary and appropriate.
  • continue to offer professional development on this issue to the adults in the setting.

 

Implementation and Evaluation of the Policy

The ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the procedures in this policy are carried through lies with the Head Teacher.  However, all staff are responsible for recording and reporting incidents of bullying using the procedures outlined above.  The Curriculum Manger for Personal Development is responsible for keeping up to date with developments in this area and reviewing the policy on a two yearly cycle.

 

Monitoring the Anti- Bullying Process.

The Curriculum Manager for Personal Development will keep an electronic record of bullying incidents via the TABs network location and ensure that staff are following procedures correctly.

 

Date of Policy  November 2015                     Date of Review  November 2017

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