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Anti Bullying Policy

1 INTRODUCTION 

 

“Bullying is a pattern of behaviour that arises from group or individual victimisation with the intention of causing physical or psychological distress to others or to extort something from them.”

We concur with the definition and maintain that bullying is a conscious desire to threaten, frighten or hurt somebody over a period of time. Exerting power over a victim is a basic characteristic of bullying.

Bullying may be present in the form of physical attacks, verbal attacks, name calling, malicious gossip, damaging/stealing personal property, extortion of money or coercion to behave in an acceptable manner. ‘Cyber’ bullying is another serious form of bullying which can include sending abusive messages via text, Email or social network sites.

Bullying by an individual has a tendency to be secretive and may be difficult to identify without the victim’s cooperation. Bullying by a gang is more obvious and can be easily identified because of the greater number of people involved, although individual responsibility for the gang’s action may be more difficult to identify.

At Leys Farm Juniors we are seeking to create a school where, everybody feels valued and are given equal opportunities and to provide a friendly, caring and secure environment which foster respect for the physical, spiritual, emotional and social needs of self and others. We therefore firmly believe that bullying is unacceptable. We therefore do all we can to prevent it, by developing a school ethos in which bullying is regarded as unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

 

2 PURPOSE

 

This policy provides a framework and guidance within which all staff, both teaching and support staff can operate.

It should be read alongside:

  • Bullying: Don’t suffer in silence. DfES 2002
  • Other related school policies – for example Equal Opportunities, Racial Equality, Behaviour and Discipline, SEN
  • North Lincolnshire Children and Young People’s Anti-Bullying Policy 2007

 

3 AUDIENCE 

 

This policy document, having been presented to and agreed upon by the whole staff and Governing Body, is available in each classroom and Headteacher’s Office in Policy files. It will also be published on the school website. Such distribution ensures the availability of the document to visiting teachers, for example outreach/support staff, and to parents. The Headteacher keeps further copies.

 

4 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 

 

The principal aims of the school policy are to:-

  • recognise that bullying is not legitimate and is not acceptable in school.
  • increase staff and pupils’ awareness of any anti-bullying strategies
  • define and describe controlled behaviour
  • raise awareness of any signs bulling and produce a consistent school response to any bullying incidents that may occur
  • establish a school procedure for dealing with bullying
  • make all those connected with the school aware of our opposition to bullying, and to make clear each person’s responsibilities with regard to the eradication of bullying in our school
  • inform parents of the school’s anti-bullying position
  • increase parents’ knowledge of signs of bullying, and interventions to prevent it
  • issue guidelines for parents and staff on addressing bullying behaviour

 

5 ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
 

5.1 The role of governors

The governing body supports the Headteacher in all attempts to eliminate bullying from our school. This policy statement makes it very clear that the governing body does not allow bullying to take place in our school, and that any incidents of bullying that do occur are taken very seriously and dealt with appropriately.

 

5.2 The role of the Headteacher

It is the responsibility of the Headteacher to implement the school anti-bullying strategy and to ensure that all staff (both teaching and non-teaching) are aware of the school policy and know how to deal with incidents of bullying.

The Headteacher ensures 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.   For example, if an incident occurs, the Headteacher may decide to use assembly as a forum in which to discuss with other children why this behaviour was wrong, and why a pupil is being punished.

The Headteacher ensures that all staff are appropriately trained to be equipped to deal with all incidents of bullying.

The Headteacher with the staff, sets the school climate of mutual support and praise for success, so making bullying less likely.

 

5.3 The role of the Staff

Staff in our school:-

  • take all forms of bullying seriously.
  • are vigilant and aware of the signs of bullying.
  • will intervene to prevent incidents from taking place.
  • will listen carefully and calmly to pupils regarding alleged bullying incidents, and record significant incidents (who, when, where and how). Victim and bully should be aware records are being made.
  • where appropriate, will discuss incidents with other colleagues and inform the Senior Management Team so strategies for actions can take place.
  • when appropriate will address the ‘bullying’ through the curriculum
  • endeavour to 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.

 

When required the advice and expertise of outside agencies will be sought (e.g. Behaviour Support Team, Education Psychologist). Where the need arises, LA guidelines for suspension and exclusion will be followed.

 

5.4 The role of pupils

Pupils must let someone know if they are being bullied. They must recognise they have a responsibility for self. Bullying will not disappear if ignored. Pupils should inform their class teacher firstly, although it does not matter which member of staff is told - any member of staff will listen.   All pupils have two named adults as contacts.

 

5.5 The role of parents

Parents have a responsibility to support the school’s anti-bullying policy and to actively encourage their child to be a positive member of the school. Bullying is often referred to as ‘the silent nightmare’ because many children are too ashamed to admit that they are being bullied”.

 

Guidance on signs of being bullied

 

Signs parents to look for:

  • Not wanting to go to school or starts to truant.
  • The child becomes shy, withdrawn and lacking in confidence.
  • Having ‘mystery illnesses,’ non specific pains, tummy upsets, headaches.
  • Arriving home with unexplained cuts/bruises or with clothing torn.
  • Becomes frightened of walking to school. There may be a desire to change route or to go/return much later than usual.
  • The child may ask for unexplained extra pocket money.
  • The child may become withdrawn, lacking in confidence and reluctant to meet other children.
  • The pupil may experience personality changes e.g. irritable, withdrawn, tired, poor sleeping, weepiness, crying outbursts, loss of appetite,
  • forgetfulness.
  • The child may develop temper outbursts, abusive language or impulsive hitting out.
  • Bed wetting and nightmares may start when a child is being bullied.

 

What Parents can do about Bullying

 

  • Discuss the matter sensitively with the child by encouraging them to talk about behaviour generally rather than specifically to themselves.
  • Sympathise, listen carefully and try to calmly find out what happened.
  • Reassure the victim that the bullying will cease.
  • Inform the school and discuss the matter with the class teacher or senior member of staff. It is neither appropriate or acceptable to take matters into your own hands ie approach the ‘bully’ at school.
  • If the bullying is in school (most incidents do happen during school hours) or on the journey to school, work out a plan of action with the staff and ensure it is put in place.
  • Do not advocate a ‘hit back’ policy. This may be alien to your child’s temperament and make the situation worse.
  • If you feel the school policy could be improved please, inform the Headteacher of your suggestions about things we could do together to increase children’s safety.



Bullying linked to ICT and other technology

 

If a bullying incident directed at a child or young person occurs using email or mobile phone technology whilst in a children or young persons setting  these strategies will be used:

  • Advise the child or young person not to respond to the message.
  • Refer to relevant policies including e-safety, acceptable use policy, anti-bullying policy and apply appropriate sanctions. 
  • Secure and preserve any evidence.
  • Inform the sender’s e-mail service provider.
  • Notify parents of the child or young person involve.
  • Consider parent workshops.
  • Consider informing the police depending on the severity or repetitious nature of offence.
  • Inform the LA e-safety officer.


If malicious or threatening comments are posted on an Internet site about a child, young person or member of staff:

  • Inform and request the comments be removed if the site is administered externally.
  • Secure and preserve any evidence.
  • Send all the evidence to CEOP at www.ceop.gov.uk/contact_us.html.
  • Endeavour to trace the origin and inform police as appropriate.
  • Inform LA e-safety officer.

 

Revised Policy approved by Governors Autumn 2009

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