BULLYING

Introduction

Every child and adult at Upland Primary School has the right to enjoy their learning, work and leisure free from intimidation and harassment. At Upland Primary School any bullying is taken very seriously.

We use the Bexley Council definition: ‘Bullying is behaviour by an individual or a group repeated over time that intentionally hurts another group either physically, emotionally or mentally.’

There can be various types of bullying because of:

  • Appearance
  • Special needs
  • Disability
  • Medical conditions
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Culture
  • Home/economic circumstances
  • Sexual orientation

Bullying can take a variety of forms:

  • Physical – pushing, kicking and other forms of violence, including threats
  • Verbal – name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, persistent teasing
  • Emotional –  excluding, tormenting, ridicule, humiliation, racist remarks, taunts, graffiti, gestures
  • Sexual – unwanted physical contact or abusive comments
  • ICT – text, phone messages, internet abuse

Every individual has a right to:

  • Be treated with respect
  • Make mistakes and be responsible for them
  • Refuse requests without having to feel guilty or selfish
  • Ask for what they want (realising that the other person has the right to say ‘no’).
  • Be listened to and taken seriously
  • Say, ‘I don’t understand’.
  • Ask for information

Schools are charged with a duty of care towards their pupils and to knowingly fail in that duty of care is grounds for a claim of negligence.

Failure to deal with a proven case of bullying could leave the governing body open to censure by the Secretary of State for Education for unreasonable and unlawful behaviour under Sections 68 and 99 of the 1944 Education Act.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

1 We aim to ensure that all children receive their education in a caring environment, free from verbal and physical aggression, victimisation and humiliation.

2 Increase the children’s self esteem and skills of assertiveness, where necessary.

3 To ensure that all children are aware of expectations set out in the school behaviour code and anti bullying code. Likewise, that staff are aware of expectations as set out in the school and GTC code of conduct.

4 To create a ‘telling school’.

5 To reduce the opportunities for bullying.

6 To deal with any bullying in a consistent manner by following the established procedures

7 To provide help and support for the victim and bully as required

8 To involve children, teachers, support staff, parents and governors in this area of discipline.

POLICY INTO PRACTICE

Bullying incident procedures

The school will deal with any bullying in the following way:

  • Investigate the incident/s, speaking separately to the bully and the victim. Find out what has been happening, but also how the victim feels.
  • Discuss the incident with a senior member of staff to decide if the incident is classed as bullying if this is unclear.
  • Decide on appropriate sanctions according to the behaviour policy and the type of incident.
  • Inform all staff and the parents of those involved of the problem and actions taken
  • Hold a meeting for the victim, their friend/s and all those involved in the bullying. First hear how the victim feels. The children are then asked how this problem can be solved and agree ways to prevent further occurrence. The ideas are written down by the adult and a copy given to all. In the meeting no blame is given (this has been dealt with).
  • Complete the anti-bullying school record and hand to the head teacher.
  • A further meeting is held a few days / week later to see how the agreement is working. Any changes can be made.
  • The situation is monitored by staff and children.
  • Support for the victim and/or the bully as required.

Support for the victim and bully

It is important that the victim does not feel that the bullying is their fault. Some victims may need help to become more assertive, increase their self-esteem or have help with their relationships with their peers.

Bullies come from all types of home backgrounds, from all races and cultures and both sexes. There may be individual personal reasons for bullying or a social function in maintaining the power relationships between certain individuals and groups of children in the classroom and wider school community.

Bullies need to be made aware of the results of their actions, learn that everybody has a right to be treated with respect and that bullying is unacceptable. They may need encouragement, help to change and like their victims, may need help with self-esteem, assertiveness and relationship skills.

Anti Bullying Code See appendix 1

The code gives pupils strategies to cope in situations where there is bullying and explains that there are no innocent bystanders. If an attack is witnessed and nothing is done, then that pupil becomes part of the bullying.

Copies of the Anti Bullying Code are displayed prominently around the school. It is referred to in lessons, circle time and assemblies.

A telling school

Pupils generally find bullying difficult to deal with on their own. It is important to tell a friend or tell a member of staff and tell a parent/carer so that the bullying can be stopped. Parents are encouraged to tell us at school if their child talks about any bullying of themselves or others.

All staff are aware that they must take what is said seriously and immediately set the procedures in to action.

The Personal Social health Education and Citizenship curriculum (PSHE,C)

This includes work about self esteem, assertiveness, bullying and strategies about coping/dealing with bullying. The curriculum may be delivered as part of another subject, as part of PSHE,C lessons, in assemblies, through discussion and role play. E Safety is an integral part of  the computing curriculum.

Cyber Bullying

“Online bullying (cyber bullying) is when a person or a group of people uses the internet, email, online games or any other kind of digital technology to threaten, tease, upset or humiliate someone else.”  ChildLine

There are 7 identified catergories of cyber bullying; text messaging, picture / video clip bullying via mobile phone, phone call bullying via mobile phone, email bullying, chat room bullying, bullying via websites, bullying through instant messaging.

The school educates its pupils both in the proper use of telecommunications and about the serious consequences of cyber-bullying and will, through the computing curriculum and assemblies, continue to inform its pupils in these fast changing areas.

Cyber-bullying and harassment can be invasive of privacy at all times. These acts may also be criminal acts.

All members of the School community are aware they have a duty to bring to the attention of the Head teacher all examples of bullying including cyber-bullying or harassment that they know about or suspect.

Year 6 pupils are permitted to bring mobile phones into school but they must be handed over to a member of staff at the beginning of the school day.

Upland Primary School believe that parental support and understanding in the safe use of the internet is an essential component in managing cyber bullying.  The use of the web is an essential part of modern life and the young are the pioneers.

A whole community approach is needed to ensure safe use of the internet.  The responsibility for this is both the schools in educating their pupils for safe use, and the parents in understanding that they need to monitor and manage their children’s use of technology.

Children must understand that they need to report cyber bullying in the same way as any other forms of bullying. They must tell an adult if they are being bullied in this way, not delete any bullying messages or texts, but they should never respond to these.  All reports of cyber-bullying will be investigated and dealt with following the same procedures as a normal bullying incident.

Staff

All staff are aware of the anti bullying policy, the procedures to follow and are given appropriate training.

Bullying can take place in the outside play areas, so it is important that staff and midday supervisors are vigilant in their supervision. Regular meetings are held with the midday supervisors and Senior Leadership Team to monitor behaviour. Additional weekly monitoring is carried out by the school leadership team as required.

All staff are made aware of any bullying and observe those who have been involved. Staff also look for any signs of bullying in pupils.

The playground environment

Play equipment is provided to help children enjoy their leisure time and be involved in activity if desired. Likewise a range of clubs are held at lunchtimes and midday supervisors are expected to lead and model games.

Parents

The anti-bullying policy is available on the school website to inform parents of the procedures we take.

Evaluation

All staff need to be constantly aware of the effectiveness of the anti bullying policy and inform the head teacher of any issues. Staff also ascertain whether any individual needs additional help to modify behaviour. This may be done through an individual targets or behaviour, behaviour plan or joining a nurture club.

The head teacher monitors incidents of bullying in relation to equality.

The role of the PSHE,C leader

This member of staff will:

  • Monitor provision of the curriculum across the school
  • Attend relevant training
  • Keep an inventory of resources

The role of the head teacher

  • Coordinate and monitor the school records of bullying incidents
  • Communicate with teaching staff and support staff to ensure equity of practice
  • Ensure that children and parents are aware of the anti bullying policy, code and procedures

This policy was reviewed on _______________