Preventing and Responding to Bullying
As a school we recognise the existence of bullying and the complexities of the problem. There needs to be a partnership, with governors, school staff, parents and children all involved.
Bullying can happen to anyone. The school acts to prevent and respond to all types of bullying including:
- Bullying related to race, religion or culture
- Bullying related to LDD (learning difficulties or disability)
- Bullying related to physical appearance or health conditions
- Bullying related to sexual orientation (homophobic bullying)
- Bullying of young carers or looked after children or otherwise related to home circumstances
- Sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying.
Central to our wish to combat bullying is that the children must be encouraged to talk about incidents and that staff must take bullying seriously and act in a positive manner.
Bullying is behaviour which can be defined as the repeated attack – physical, psychological, social (including ‘cyber-bullying’ and the use of computers and mobile communication devices) or verbal – by those in a position of power, on those who are powerless to resist, with the intention of causing distress for their own gain or gratification. (Bullies and Victims in Schools, Bersag, V)
It is essential that early signs of bullying are recognised and dealt with. Signs to look out for include teasing, name calling and physical aggression. These types of incidents must be challenged and dealt with each time they are observed.
As a school, we will challenge standard excuses such as, ‘it was a joke’, ‘it was an accident’, ‘I’m sorry’ or ‘it was only a game’.
The school endeavours to prevent bullying through:
- creating a happy, comfortable and stimulating environment
- maintaining good relationships which promote trust and sensitivity
- maintaining an appropriate level of adult supervision at all times
- the school’s policy on and approach to positive behaviour management
- the promotion of the school’s values through all areas of school life and teaching and learning.
- Ensuring that children do not have mobile phones or other such devices in school and that the school’s policy for acceptable internet use is adhered to
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