Anti-Bullying Policy

Statement of intent

The aim of the anti-bullying policy is to ensure that pupils learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment
without fear of being bullied. Bullying is anti-social behaviour and affects everyone; it is unacceptable and will
not be tolerated. Only when all issues of bullying are addressed will pupils be able to fully benefit from the
opportunities available at schools.

Definition

Bullying is defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult
for those being bullied to defend themselves. The three main types of bullying are:
  • physical (hitting, kicking, theft)
  • verbal (name calling, racist or sexist remarks)
  • relational (spreading rumours, social exclusion or by phone or computer).
Bullying includes: name calling; taunting; mocking; making offensive comments; kicking; hitting; pushing;
taking belongings; inappropriate text messaging and emailing; sending offensive or degrading images
by phone or via the internet; producing offensive graffiti; gossiping; excluding people from groups; and
spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours. Although sometimes occurring between two individuals in
isolation, it quite often takes place in the presence of others.

It is important to remember bullying happens on more than one occasion.

Specific types of bullying include:
  • Bullying related to race, religion or culture.
  • Bullying related to special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities.
  • Bullying related to appearance or health conditions.
  • Bullying related to sexual orientation.
  • Bullying of young carers or looked-after children or otherwise related to home circumstances.
  • Sexist or sexual bullying.

Signs and symptoms

Pupils who are being bullied may show changes in behaviour:
  • shy, nervous, anxious, withdrawn
  • feigning illness, before school or at school
  • being frightened of walking to school or going to school
  • changes in their usual routine
  • lacking concentration or truanting from school
  • attempted or threatened suicide, self harming
  • asking for money, ‘losing’ pocket money
  • having possessions go missing
  • coming home with clothes/books torn
  • crying themselves to sleep, having nightmares, wetting bed
  • unexplained cuts or bruises

Reporting and Responding

Pupils must be encouraged to report bullying in our school to a person they feel happy to talk to, there is also
a ‘worry box’ that they can use. Schools' teaching and ancillary staff are made aware of the signs of bullying
and know to act promptly and firmly against it in accordance with school policy. Staff should speak with the

class teacher or a member of the senior management. Pupils are also made aware of their responsibilities if
they are a bystander.

Statutory duty of schools

Headteachers have a legal duty under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 to draw up procedures
to prevent bullying among pupils and to bring these procedures to the attention of staff, parents and pupils.
Also in conjunction with the Headteacher, the senior management team are responsible for the prevention of
bullying. The Headteacher is responsible for co-ordinating the record system and analysing patterns. Pupils
are made fully aware of their responsibilities if they see or hear something they perceive to be bullying.

Implementation

Schools

The following steps may be taken when dealing with incidents:
  • If bullying is suspected or reported, the incident will be dealt with immediately by the member of staff who has been approached.
  • A clear account of the incident will be recorded on an incident sheet.
  • This will be filed in the Anti-bullying file in the Headteacher’s office
  • The Headteacher or Senior management will interview all concerned.
  • Class teachers will be kept informed and if it persists all staff will be made aware.
  • Parents will be kept informed.
  • Punitive measures will be used as appropriate and in consultation will all parties concerned.
  • Regular monitoring of the anti-bullying incidents are made to look for any patterns or year group hot spots.

Pupils

Pupils who have been bullied will be supported by:
  • offering an immediate opportunity to discuss the experience with a member of staff of their choice
  • reassuring the pupil
  • offering continuous support
  • restoring self-esteem and confidence.

Pupils who were the bully will be helped by:
  • discussing what happened
  • discovering why the pupil became involved
  • establishing the wrong doing and need to change
  • informing parents or guardians to help change the attitude of the pupil.

The following disciplinary steps can be taken:
  • official warnings to cease offending
  • exclusion from certain areas of school premises
  • minor fixed-term exclusion
  • major fixed-term exclusion
  • permanent exclusion.

Prevention

Within the curriculum the school will raise the awareness of the nature of bullying through taking part
in ‘Anti-bullying week’ each November, inclusion (including children with a disability and children with English

as a second language) in the PSHE curriculum (SEAL material or ‘Kidscape’), use whole school and Key stage
assemblies as appropriate and circle time, in an attempt to encourage positive behaviour and to eradicate
negative behaviour. During these sessions co-operative behaviour will be encouraged in attempt to foster a
caring and supportive school climate. Older children playing games with the younger children will continue
at lunchtime. Lunchtime supervisors will be included in some anti-bullying training and be fully aware of
the necessary procedures. This policy has direct links to the PSHE, Child Protection, Safeguarding children,
Behaviour, Equal opportunities and Special Needs policies. In the year 2009-2010 the school will be actively
involved in the Anti-bullying Accreditation programme. As part of this procedure children and parents will be
consulted, a survey carried out and a working party set up with the PSHE subject leader.

Monitoring, evaluation and review

The school will review this policy every two years and assess its implementation and effectiveness. The policy
will be promoted and implemented throughout the school and in consultation with all parties involved.

Signed…………………………………………………………                Chair of Curriculum Committee           Date........................

Signed………………………………………………………...                 Chair of Governors                            Date…………...........


History of Anti-bullying Policy:

Date of creation:                                        Pre 2008

Primary source of original document:           Unknown

Date of previous review:                              June 2008

Date of most recent review:                        April 2010


Changes made:
Reviewed sections on ’Definition’ and ‘Prevention’. Added a section on ‘Reporting and Responding.

Date for next review (unless earlier review necessary):                    April 2012
Person responsible for Policy                                                       PSHE Co-ordinator, Mrs Hill
Committee responsible for review:                                                 Curriculum
Policy to be reviewed bi-annually

Appointed persons with responsibility for Anti-Bullying Policy:

Staff:                                                    PHSE co-ordinator; Mrs Hill
Governor:

The Anti-bullying Policy is a statutory document.
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