Anti-Bullying Policy 2017-18

Mission statement

The essence of Lord Blyton is to be the best we can.

Statement of Principle

Everyone at Lord Blyton Primary has the right to feel welcome, secure and happy. Only if this is the case will all members of the school community be able to achieve their maximum potential. Bullying of any sort prevents this being able to happen and prevents equality of opportunity. It is everyone’s responsibility to prevent this happening and this policy contains guidelines to support this ethos. Where bullying exists the victims must feel confident to activate the anti-bullying systems within the school to end the bullying. It is our aim to challenge attitudes about bullying behaviour, increase understanding for bullied pupils and help build a no tolerance ethos in this school. This document outlines how we make this possible at Lord Blyton Primary.

Aims and Objectives

It is our belief that all pupils should be included fully in the life of the school. The aim of this policy is to promote an ethos in school where bullying is regarded as unacceptable and a safe environment is created for all members of the school community. All behaviour deemed as bullying is regarded as unacceptable and will be prevented and dealt with through:

  • Raising awareness of bullying within an agreed school definition
  • Consultation with the school community in relation to anti-bullying policy and strategies
  • Development of guidelines in order to provide a consistent response to bullying incidents
  • Development of strategies that will reduce bullying in the school community
  • Provision of opportunities within the school curriculum to promote emotional well-being and the prevention of bullying
  • Monitoring the incidence and type of bullying in school
  • Evaluation of bullying policy, procedures and strategies

Definition of Bullying

Lord Blyton Primary School’s definition of bullying is wilful, ongoing, persistent or repetitive harmful behaviour by a pupil or pupils towards other pupils. Other incidents of bad behaviour will be dealt with accordingly, however, they may not be deemed as bullying.
Bullying can take many forms and can include the following:
Name calling, taunting, mocking, making offensive comments, kicking, hitting, pushing, taking belongings, inappropriate text messaging and e-mailing, sending offensive or degrading images by phone or via the internet, producing offensive graffiti, gossiping, excluding people from groups, spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours.
Although sometimes occurring between two individuals in isolation, it quite often takes place in the presence of others. The school works hard to ensure that all pupils know the difference between bullying and simply “falling out”.
Specific types of bullying include: Bullying related to race, religion or culture, disability, sex, sexual orientation or social background.

Roles and Responsibilities

Everyone within school is expected to:

  • Be clear about the roles they can take in preventing bullying, including the role of bystanders
  • Understand to school’s approach to anti-bullying
  • Celebrate the success of anti-bullying work

Pupils are expected to:

  • Report all incidents of bullying and suspected incidents that victims may be afraid to report
  • Support each other and seek help so that everyone feels safe in school
  • Learn to behave in ways which do not cause harm
  • Learn how they can take steps to repair any harm they have caused

Heads, governors and other school staff are expected to:

  • Develop whole school policies which meet the law and school inspection requirements
  • Promote a school climate where bullying and violence are not tolerated and cannot flourish
  • Continually develop best practice based on evidence based knowledge of what works
  • Review the school anti-bullying policy every year and as a result update the policy and procedures as necessary
  • Provide curriculum opportunities used to address bullying
  • Provide pupil support systems to prevent and respond to bullying
  • Address school site issues and promote safe play areas
  • Ensure that all staff take part in relevant professional development and are clear about their roles and responsibilities in preventing and responding to bullying
  • Ensure that all staff are aware of the importance of modeling positive relationships
  • Work in partnership with parents, other schools and with Children’s Services and community partners to promote safe communities

Governors are expected to:

  • Support the head teacher in all attempts to eliminate bullying from our school
  • Monitor the incidents of bullying that occur and review the effectiveness of the school policy regularly
  • Respond within ten days to any request from a parent to investigate incidents of bullying, in all cases, the governing body notifies the head teacher and asks her to conduct an investigation into the case and to report back to a representative of the governing body.

The Headteacher is expected to:

  • Implement the school anti-bullying strategy and ensure that all staff are aware of the school policy and know how to deal with incidents of bullying
  • Report to the Governors about the effectiveness of the anti-bullying policy on request
  • Ensure that all children know that bullying is wrong and that it is unacceptable behaviour in this school. The headteacher draws the attention of children to this fact at suitable moments
  • Ensure that all staff receive sufficient training to be equipped to deal with all incidents of bullying
  • Set the school climate of mutual support and praise for success, so making bullying less likely. When children feel they are important and belong to a friendly and welcoming school, bullying is far less likely to be part of their behaviour
  • Record any incidents of bullying in the school log book, which can be found in the headteacher’s office
  • Keep parents informed and updated through reference to the anti-bullying policy and actions within school in the form of newsletters.

Teachers are expected to:

  • Take all forms of bullying seriously and intervene to prevent incidents from taking place
  • Support the child who is being bullied. If a child is being bullied over a period of time, then, after consultation with the headteacher, the headteachers informs the child’s parents
  • Deal with the issue immediately. This may involve counseling and support for the victim of the bullying and punishment for the child who has carried out the bullying. They spend time talking to the child who has bullied: explain why the action was wrong and endeavour to help the child change their behaviour in future
  • Inform the headteacher if a child is repeatedly involved in bullying other children. The child’s parents will be invited into the school to discuss the situation. A behaviour plan may be drawn up and in more extreme cases, for example where these initial discussions have proven ineffective, the headteacher may contact external support agencies
  • Support all children in their class and establish a climate of trust and respect for all. By praising, rewarding and celebrating the success of all children, we aim to prevent incidents of bullying.

Parents are expected to:

  • Be clear that the school does not tolerate bullying
  • Understand Lord Blyton Primary’s definition of bullying is wilful, ongoing, persistent or repetitive harmful behaviour by a pupil or pupils towards other pupils. Other incidents of bad behaviour will be dealt with accordingly, however, they may not be deemed as bullying
  • Support the school’s anti-bullying policy and to actively encourage their child to be a positive member of the school
  • Be aware of procedures to use if they are concerned their child is being bullied or does not feel safe to learn, including the school’s complaints procedure
  • Have confidence that the school will take any complaint about bullying seriously and investigate / resolve as necessary and that the school systems will deal with the bullying in a way which protects their child
  • Know that our policy can be viewed on our website or parents are welcome to view a copy held in school.

Procedures for Reporting and Responding to Bullying

Prevention is better than cure so at school we will be vigilant for signs of bullying and always take reports of incidents seriously. We will use the curriculum whenever possible to reinforce the ethos of the school and help pupils to develop strategies to combat bullying type behaviour.

  • Pupils who have been bullied should report this to an adult within school
  • Pupils who see others being bullied, or when another pupil tells them they have been bullied, should report this to an adult within school.
  • Members of staff who receive reports that a pupil has been bullied should complete the incident form and forward a copy to the Headteacher. The incident should be dealt with at the time, by the member of staff the incident was brought to the attention of. If the member of staff is not the class teacher, the incident should also be referred to the class teacher.
  • Members of staff who have incidents of bad behaviour brought to their attention are required to log whether they viewed this as bullying or an isolated incident. (Bearing in mind the school’s definition of ‘bullying’)
  • Where bullying is of a racist nature, this will be reported to the Governors.

Types of Bullying

Racist Bullying 

Any form of racial harassment of pupils or staff cannot be tolerated in this school. A racist incident is “Any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other persons and this includes crimes and non-crimes”. All incidents, however seemingly low level, should be taken seriously, since levels of prejudicial behaviour can easily escalate. Racist incidents should be dealt with in the following way:

  • Confidentially, promptly and sensitively. Victims should feel reassured that the situation will be handled in a professional manner
  • Witnesses identified and statements taken
  • Perpetrators made aware of the seriousness of their actions, given advice and opportunity to apologise
  • Victim kept informed and appropriate support provided
  • Parents of victims and perpetrators informed
  • Reported to the Chair of Governors. In order to reduce the likelihood of racist incidents in the longer term, the curriculum will be used to develop understanding and positive attitudes.
Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying involves the mis-use of information technology in order to harass and bully other people. This can occur both in and out of school and it should always be taken seriously as the impact of this type of bullying ca affect the ethos of the school. The following advice can be given to children and young people:

  • Do not reply. Save incoming numbers / text messages to show an adult
  • Tell an adult straight away. Ask the adult to contact your network provider who may be able to change your number / block incoming calls / texts from that number
  • Do not tell everyone at school / home your mobile number, tell only close friends and family
  • Do not switch on your phone at school, or show it around at school
E-Mail bullying
  • Again, do not reply, save e-mails to show an adult. Keep your e-mail address private, tell only close friends and family
  • If it occurs in school, make sure you tell a member of staff immediately

Bullying in relation to Disability and SEN

This school is committed to the inclusion of all pupils whatever their needs. All children with special educational needs will be supported by the use of the following strategies:

  • Appointing someone to look out for a particular child
  • Taking time to talk
  • Including everyone in sport and physical activities
  • Using SENCO’s to identify and monitor bullying, to intervene and support

Monitoring and Review 

This policy will be reviewed on an annual basis.

 Date implemented: September 2017

Date for review: September 2018

 

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