About Our Academy
Being bullied can have a devastating effect on children, ranging from reluctance to attend school with subsequent under-achievement, to negative social skills. Every child has the right to learn in an atmosphere that is free from bullying and victimisation. The prevention of bullying and anti-social behaviour is the responsibility of all staff, governors, parents and pupils. A whole school policy and approach, with the emphasis on supporting all pupils to develop socially and emotionally will prevent most cases of bullying. Incidents that do arise will be dealt with swiftly and sensitively.
Aims / Objectives
- To provide a safe and happy place for children to learn.
- To promote positive behaviour and relationships.
- To prevent incidents of bullying from taking place.
- To empower children to report bullying – whether it is happening to them or to someone else, face to face or online.
- To identify and support victims of bullying.
- To support pupils who engage in acts of bullying, helping them to gain an insight and control over their actions, and any underlying issues.
- To support staff to promote positive relationships and identify and tackle bullying appropriately.
- To ensure that pupils are aware that all bullying concerns will be dealt with sensitively and effectively.
- To report back quickly to parents/carers regarding their concerns on bullying and deal promptly with complaints.
- To gain the support of parents/carers in working with the school to uphold the anti-bullying policy.
Bullying is the wilful or conscious intention to hurt, frighten or threaten someone, physically or psychologically, over a period of time.
Bullying is generally characterised by:
-Repetition: Incidents are not one-offs but frequent and happen over a period of time.
-Intent: The perpetrator means to cause verbal, physical or emotional harm. It is not accidental.
-Targeting: Bullying is generally targeted at a specific individual or group.
-Power Imbalance: Whether real or perceived, bullying is generally based on unequal power relations.
Bullying can take the form of verbal, physical, emotional, prejudice and cyber.
- Staff must remain vigilant at all times to signs of bullying.
- Staff must make sure that children are always supervised.
- Ensure that all pupils know that the school has a clear policy on bullying in all forms. This is done through assemblies, drama, circle times and special time in class to talk.
- The children should know that bullying will not be tolerated and that it is everyone’s responsibility to stop it happening and the children must understand that this is not telling tales.
- The creation of a caring, co-operative ethos through personal and social education and cross-curricular themes. In addition to teaching social behaviour by drawing on incidents as they occur in the daily life of the class, members of staff need to plan the teaching of social skills in a conscious and systematic way.
- Bullying should be discussed as part of the curriculum and diversity, difference and respect for others should be promoted and celebrated.
- Through the PSHE and SMSC curriculum which promote anti-bullying, self-esteem, diversity and positive relationships.
- Through the curriculum children are taught how to keep themselves safe and each other safe including though the internet.
- Through the use of the Academy’s values and behaviour policy.
- Through the use of our Secrets of Success.
- Through work with the Learning Mentors.
- Through special events like Anti-Bullying week, visitors, performances and workshops.
- A “TELLING BOX” is located outside the Learning Mentors room and in each classroom.
- All children are aware of their existence and know that if they put a slip of paper, with their name on it, in the box the learning mentor / class teacher will see them as soon as possible and discuss the problem with them.
- All children are encouraged to identify a trusted adult whom they can communicate their concerns with.
- A clear e-safety policy and reporting procedures are understood by all pupils.
- The learning mentors are available every lunchtime and run a nurture club which can be accessed by any pupils who want to talk, need help or want quiet time. There are also quiet areas of the playground and Young Leaders available to listen to and help younger children with friendships.
- The Learning Mentors have an open door approach for parents and pupils to discuss any issues which may be of concern to them.
- The Learning Mentors work with groups of children who are identified as vulnerable through school research, ECM results and referrals. These include anti-bullying workshops, friendship groups, nurture groups and social and emotional work.
Dealing with suspected incidents of bullying
- If bullying is seen, it must be reported to an adult. The incident will be treated seriously. Support will be given to the victim and guidance to the bully.
- The adult involved will listen carefully to each child separately, if necessary.
A recommended approach is:
-Call all children, including witnesses, together in a quiet room.
-Allow each child involved directly with the bullying (victim and bully/ies) to talk, giving their account without any interruption.
-Allow witnesses to give their account individually without any interruptions. Witnesses should have seen what happened, not just heard about it from someone else.
-When confronted with witnesses, children are often more likely to give a truthful account. However, be aware that friends may often side with each other, or have ‘seen nothing’ when witnesses are called.
- If the incident is of a serious nature or if it seems to be a regular occurrence or happened before, then the matter should be referred to be Head or Deputy and parents may be asked to attend a meeting or be contacted regarding the incident.
- The adult involved, in consultation with the Head or Deputy, will decide on the action to be taken. This may involve counselling to help the bully change his/her behaviour and counselling to help the victims to be more assertive/help themselves. The learning mentors will be involved and appropriate work will be completed followed by monitoring. Consequences will also be set.
- The adult will complete a bullying incident form and take it straight to the Safeguarding Coordinator.
- In the most serious of incidents, there could be a need to report to the police and / or Children’s Services.
- If there is cause for concern that the matter has not been dealt with, then the nominated governors for safeguarding should be contacted.
- Any minor incidents or unfounded reports must also be recorded in the secure pastoral log.
- School also has the power to deal with children’s behaviour outside of the school grounds, within the community.
To protect children.
To promote a positive and supportive ethos throughout the academy including the values.
To engage pupils regularly in learning opportunities around positive relationships, behaviour and bullying.
To be vigilant to signs of bullying.
To be proactive in investigating potential bullying incidents, however they come to your attention.
To identify and support vulnerable pupils.
To deal effectively with bullying.
To help children enjoy, celebrate and respect the ways we are all different, as well as the ways in which we are similar, and to feel good about themselves.
To support the school’s anti-bullying policy, particularly if their child is identified as a victim or perpetrator of bullying.
To be vigilant for signs of bullying behaviour.
To report to the school any concerns they have.
To talk to their children about keeping safe and being happy.
To talk to their children about how we should enjoy, celebrate and respect the ways we are all different, as well as the ways in which we are similar, and to feel good about ourselves.
To support the school’s anti-bullying policy.
To report any concerns they have regarding themselves or other pupils.
To identify at least one trusted adult who they can talk to.
To try to help their friends by being supportive, talking to them and help keep them safe following the school’s policy.
To learn about the ways in which we can help ourselves and keep ourselves safe from bullying, including on the internet.
Consistency of implementation and impact will be monitored through:
- Monitoring of bullying incidents by the Safeguarding Coordinator.
- Analysis of pupil questionnaires and ECM survey.
- Analysis of parental questionnaires.
- Safeguarding staff and governor meetings.
- LSCB annual audit and action plan.
Reference Documents and Policies
Working together to Safeguard Children 2015
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015
Equality Act 2010
Equality Duty 2011
Human Rights Act 1998
Malicious Communications Act 1988
Protection from Harassment Act 1997
Communications Act 2003
The Education and inspections Act 2006
NELC LSCB Anti-Bullying and E-Safety Strategy2015
Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Educations and Skills Settings 2015