Legal Status:

This policy has regard for Part 3 paragraph 10 ‘The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulation 2014’ in force January 2015. This is a whole school policy, including EYFS.

It is to be read in conjunction with:

Keeping Children Safe In Education, Sept 2020

The school’s: –

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

SEND Policy

Complaints Policy

Staff Code of Conduct

e- Safety Policy

Positive Behaviour Policy

Staff Disciplinary and Grievance policy

Rationale

We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for our children so that they can learn in a happy and secure atmosphere, free from fear.

Through our policy and practice we will ensure:

  • that all in our community understand that no form of bullying is acceptable

  • that everyone knows they can report incidents of bullying, including those who are witnesses

  • the school will always support victims of bullying

  • that we confront bullies with the consequences of their actions and help them modify their behaviour

  • that parental and peer support is sought

  • that everyone in our community knows that we will ALWAYS LISTEN

  • anti-bullying information is shared with parents and pupils via newsletters and during any-bullying week to ensure that each understand their responsibilities

What is bullying?

Bullying is the use of hurtful behaviour against another person, which is repeated over a period of time. Bullying can take many forms and results in pain and distress to the victim.

Bullying can be:-

  • Physical – pushing, tripping up, kicking, biting etc.

  • Emotional – name calling, humiliating someone, making unpleasant comments or taunts

  • Indirect – spreading rumours, whether true or not

  • Driven by prejudice – this might be racist or victimising those who have special needs or disabilities

  • Cyberbullying – any form of bullying using a mobile phone or the internet, chat room or email

  • Inappropriate physical contact

  • Use of sexist language

  • Negative stereotyping

It may also be bullying when

  • A person is always left out or shunned

  • Someone makes a threat of violence against you

  • Someone takes your belongings deliberately

  • Someone tries to force you to do something you do not want to do

Whilst all these actions are serious and unpleasant and an adult would always stop them from happening, they are not always bullying.

It is important to understand that playground disagreements do occur and children, with the help of an adult, will be shown the difference between this and bullying and taught how to deal with such incidents.

How will we prevent bullying?

We will prevent bullying through:

  • Our curriculum

  • The manner and actions of the staff

  • School rules

  • PSHEE and Social and Emotional Learning programmes

  • Assemblies

  • An overriding respect for each and every person

In addition:-

  • We will raise awareness about bullying throughout the school year and ensure that children, staff and parents know and understand our Anti-Bullying Policy, Annually, Anti-Bullying week is recognised with a staff meeting to discuss issues and any training needs, newsletter and information to parents, assemblies and activities for pupils,

  • Our children will be encouraged to follow the school rules, which encourage good behaviour and discipline.

  • Adults will model respectful behaviour that children can follow.

  • We will all be respectful of each other’s feelings, beliefs and rights.

  • We will encourage the children to make good, strong relationships with other members of the school community.

  • We will teach children about other cultures and beliefs in an effort to prevent racism and homophobia.

  • Children will be helped to understand the needs of others, particularly those with disabilities.

  • We will ensure our children understand the importance of being a “TELLING” school and make sure they know how to report bullying.

  • Children will learn how to manage their relationships with others and how to be assertive.

  • We will work to build confidence in our young people.

  • We will work with anyone who bullies to help them change their behaviour.

  • Sanctions will be put in place to deal with incidents of bullying. These may include missed playtimes for ‘thinking time’, detention or in extreme cases exclusion

  • We will establish clear rules for playground behaviour and there will always be effective supervision of the children.

  • Staff will be trained to care for our children and follow safeguarding procedures.

  • Staff will be trained to identify and deal with incidents of bullying during inset training and annually  when planning ‘anti-bullying week’

  • We will be mindful that children with special educational needs and disabilities are often at greater risk of being bullied. We are aware that they may not be able to articulate their experiences as well as other children.

Cyberbullying – see e- safety policy

The school will regularly raise awareness and understanding of cyberbullying.

Procedures to deal with incidents of bullying

All members of staff take reports and incidents of bullying seriously, responding calmly and taking action as quickly as possible to establish what has happened by listening to and talking with those involved, including witnesses and recording it in the incident file.

  • Anyone who believes that bullying is taking place must tell an adult (member of staff or parent).

  • We will listen carefully and sympathetically to the child/adult reporting the incident.

  • Whether or not the incident is that of bullying, we will take steps to stop the reported behaviour.

  • If the incident is one of bullying we will talk to the bully and discuss what has happened to try and work through the problems. We monitor the impact of bullying on individual children via regular individual observations, particularly on the playground, assemblies, worry boxes and our PSHEE curriculum

  • We will explain to the bully that their actions are hurtful and unacceptable.

  • We will encourage the bully to acknowledge the hurt they have caused and explain why their actions are unacceptable

  • We will try to enable them to see how their actions could cause pain

  • We will explain that the bullying behaviour has to stop immediately.

  • The bully will be given opportunities to show that their behaviour has changed.

  • If they fail to change their behaviour and the bullying is repeated, disciplinary sanctions will be put in place (see School Behavioural Policy.) Sanctions will range from school detention to exclusion depending upon the severity of the incident.

  • Where appropriate, safeguarding procedures will be followed (see Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy).

  • Once an incident has been reported and investigated the case will be monitored to ensure that repeated bullying does not take place.

  • If a member of staff believes they are being bullied by another member of staff or a parent/carer they should immediately report the incident to the Head Teacher or her Deputy. The behaviour will be investigated and steps taken to stop the reported behaviour. Disciplinary procedures will be followed, if appropriate.

  • If a parent/carer feels they are being bullied by a member of staff they should report the incident to the Head Teacher or her Deputy. The incident will be investigated and steps taken to stop the reported behaviour. Parents/carers should be fully aware of the school’s complaints procedure.

Helpful Organisations

Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) 0808 800 5793

Children’s Legal Centre 0845 345 4345

KIDSCAPE Parents’ Helpline 0845 1 205 204

(Mon to Fri 10 am to 4 pm)

Parentline Plus 0808 800 2222

Youth Access 020 8772 9900

Bullying Online hhtp://www.bullying.co.uk

Antibullying Alliance “http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk

Policy adopted by

Jane O’Halloran Headteacher

Policy adopted

April 2013

Updated

September 2019

Reviewed

September 2020

Review date September 2021