“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.
This policy provides a framework and guidance within which all staff, both teaching and support staff can operate.
It should be read alongside:
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:-
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:-
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:
What Parents can do about Bullying
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:
If malicious or threatening comments are posted on an Internet site about a child, young person or member of staff:
Revised Policy approved by Governors Autumn 2009