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John Donne Primary School

John Donne Primary School

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 bullying are:

  • physical (hitting, kicking, theft)
  • verbal (name calling, racist remarks)
  • indirect (spreading rumours, excluding someone from social groups).
  • cyber bullying