Anti-bullying Policy

Anti-bullying Policy Happisburgh CE VA Primary School

Objective

Happisburgh CE VA Primary School Anti-Bullying Policy outlines what we will do to prevent and tackle bullying.

Aims of the Anti-Bullying Policy

  • To minimise incidents of bullying
  • To improve children’s safety and well-being
  • To change the behaviour of the person/people using bullying behaviours
  • To change the behaviour of bystanders and witnesses

Characteristics of Bullying

  • Ongoing
  • Deliberate
  • Unequal

Definition of bullying

Behaviour by an individual or group, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual either physically or emotionally.

Forms of Bullying

  • Physical-hitting, kicking, taking belongings
  • Verbal-name-calling, insulting, making offensive comments, threatening behaviours
  • Indirect-spreading malicious rumours, social exclusion, text messaging, e-mailing, social networking comments, inappropriate facial gesture

It involves

  • Target(s)
  • The person/people doing the bullying
  • Witnesses/bystanders

Proactive approaches

  • Improving the environmental quality- especially the playground
  • Ensuring opportunities for children to be listened to and to listen to each other, through circle time, class and school councils
  • Curricular approaches to bullying using different media that provide experiential and participative learning e.g. theatre groups and interactive software
  • Work to develop positive relationships between adults and children and the role models offered by all adults in school.
  • Use of SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Behaviour) material
  • Focus on bullying theme annually
  • Cooperative group work
  • Cross-curricular themed approaches
  • Awareness of Anti-bullying Policy
  • Training of all staff including lunchtime staff

Reactive Approaches

  • Initial approach is one of no-blame and begins with an interview between a member of staff and those involved.
  • Problem is discussed and recognition of how this makes those involved feel
  • Meeting will be recorded
  • Everyone must take responsibility for changing their behaviour
  • Follow up meeting with target will follow to check bullying has stopped
  • Involvement of parents/carers so that there is support from home
  • Should bullying continue consequences of detention or exclusion from after school events may take place (see Behaviour Policy)
  • In extreme cases exclusion may occur
  • Priority is to change behaviour but the safety of individuals must be taken into account

Liaison with parents/carers

  • School will make sure that Parents/ carers know who to contact if they are worried about bullying
  • Work with parents and the local community to address issues beyond the school gate that give rise to bullying

Links with other school policies and practices

  • Behaviour Policy
  • PSHE policies
  • Recording of bullying and racial incidents
  • Complaints Procedures

Responsibilities

This  policy will only have impact if the whole school community understands that bullying is not tolerated and understands the steps that will be taken to both prevent and respond to bullying.

Governors: Monitor and review the policy

Staff: To implement the policy

Headteacher : To communicate the policy to the school community

Pupils: To follow the policy

Named contact for policy: Mrs. J Pestell

Date approved: October 2014

Date for review: October 2015