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Anti Bullying Policy

St Michael’s CE Aided School

Anti Bullying and Harassment Policy

 

Issue Date Review Date Document Owner(s) Nominated Governor
February 2018 September 2020 School Judith Arkwright

 

Aim

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. 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 four main types of bullying are

Physical (hitting, kicking, theft)

Verbal (name calling, racist remarks, homophobic remarks)

Indirect (spreading rumours, excluding someone from social groups)

Social media (texting, emailing or using social media sites)

Pupils who are being bullied may show changes in behaviour, such as becoming shy and nervous, feigning illness or taking unusual absences. There may be evidence of changes in learning patterns, lacking concentration or truanting from school. Pupils must be encouraged to report bullying in schools. All staff must be alert to the signs of bullying and act promptly and firmly against it in accordance with school policy.

Preventative Strategies

  • The school ethos is based on caring for others.’ A lifetime love for learning’
  • Every class starts the year by developing class golden rules
  • The school has a comprehensive programme of Personal, Social and Health Education to promote wellbeing
  • Internet safety and awareness of cyber bullying are taught as part of computing.
  • There is a clear system in place for monitoring poor behaviour choices
  • The school has procedures to prevent bullying among pupils and ensures these are known by all staff, parents and pupils.

Within the curriculum the school will raise the awareness of the nature of bullying through inclusion in PSHE, circle time, assemblies and subject areas, as appropriate, in an attempt to eradicate such behaviour. National Anti-Bullying Week will be observed and participated in every year, this will give children strategies of how to keep themselves and their peers safe. The school council shares an assembly about anti bullying during this week.

Implementation

School

 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 and given to the Head Teacher
  • The Head Teacher will interview all concerned and will record the incident
  • Teachers will be kept informed
  • Parents will be kept informed

Pupils

Pupils who have been bullied will be supported by:

  • Offering an immediate opportunity to discuss the experience with a teacher or member of staff of their choice
  • Providing reassurance for the pupil
  • Making environmental changes if necessary e.g. seating plans, talk partners, lunchtime arrangements etc. to ensure that child feels more secure.
  • Staff will communicate with other staff and record, where relevant, any incidents or concerns. ALL staff, including lunchtime workers, will be informed about what has happened so that they can support the victim and remain vigilant for them.
  • The situation will continue to be monitored by all staff to ensure no repetition. Children will be observed at break times, lunchtimes and in the classroom any follow- up findings will be recorded in the classroom Incident Log.
  • Key friends identified by the child will be asked for extra support.
  • The child will nominate an adult in school whom they trust and feel they can talk to.
  • The child will be made aware of the importance of immediate reporting of any further incidents.
  • Parents will be invited into school so that action taken can be shared.

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
  • Parents will be invited into school so that action taken can be shared.

The following disciplinary steps can be taken:

  • Official warnings to cease offending, following our School Behaviour Policy
  • Exclusion from certain areas of school premises
  • Short term fixed-term exclusion
  • Longer term fixed-term exclusion
  • Permanent exclusion

Monitoring, evaluation and review

Incidents will be monitored by the Headteacher and those involving the Headteacher’s intervention will be reported to the governors on a termly basis and recorded in the bound book kept for this purpose.

Links to other policies

Behavioral Policy

Child Protection Policy