Anti Bullying Policy
There are times in schools when, despite the best efforts to promote positive behaviour
and self-esteem, we can become worried that a child is being bullied by another school
member. It is important to differentiate between disagreements between pupils and
actual instances of bullying.
The school response to this document is to agree that bullying in any form and across
any age-group is unacceptable. 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. 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 defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time,
where it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves. The main types of
· physical (hitting, kicking, theft)
· verbal (name calling, racist remarks)
· indirect (spreading rumours, excluding someone from social groups).
· cyber bullying
Pupils who are being bullied may show changes in behaviour, such as becoming shy and
nervous, feigning illness, taking unusual absences or clinging to adults. There may be
evidence of changes in work patterns, lacking concentration or truanting from school.
Pupils must be encouraged to report bullying in school.
The structures in school are designed to support the victim and discourage the bully
without embedding resentment or a sense of criticism or failure. Good behaviour
management promotes self-esteem and confidence and therefore reduces the
likelihood of bullying becoming established and builds life-skills which enable pupils to
deal with challenging social situations throughout life. In addition, positive online
beahviour is included in the schools acceptable use policy, and the children learn about
how to keep themselves safe online through computing lessons.
All teaching and support staff must be alert to the signs of bullying and act promptly
and firmly against it in accordance with school policy.
If we think bullying is taking place:
· The incident will be dealt with immediately by the member of staff who has
· A clear account of the incident will be recorded in the incident book by the
class teacher or headteacher as appropriate
· The teacher/headteacher will interview all concerned and will record the
· Class teachers will be kept informed if the incident is dealt with by the
headteacher in the first incidence
· Parents will be informed
· Punitive measures will be used as appropriate in accordance with the school`s
Pupils who have been bullied will be supported by:
· offering an immediate opportunity to discuss the experience with the learning
mentor or other staff member of their choice
· reassuring the pupil
· offering continuous support
· restoring self-esteem and confidence.
Pupils who have bullied 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.
Sanctions for bullying are in accordance with the school`s behaviour policy.
Within the curriculum the school will raise the awareness of the nature of bullying
through inclusion in PSHE, circle time and assemblies as appropriate, in an attempt to
eradicate such behaviour.
Monitoring, evaluation and review
The school will review this policy annually with the behaviour policy and assess its
implementation and effectiveness. The policy will be promoted and implemented
throughout the school.