Anti – Bullying Policy
Review Summer 2017
The aim of this policy is to ensure that children learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without fear. Bullying is anti-social behaviour and affects everyone; it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
Bullying as defined in this policy is deliberate, hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for the child being bullied to defend themselves.
The three main types are:
- Physical (hitting, kicking, theft)
- Verbal (name calling, racist remarks)
- Indirect (spreading rumours, excluding someone from social groups)
Children who are being bullied may show changes in behaviour, becoming shy and nervous, feigning illness, being absent from school, being ‘clingy’ with adults. There may be changes in levels of concentration, and not wanting to come to school.
Children are encouraged to report any anti-social behaviour incidents to staff.
All school staff, parents and pupils all have rights and responsibilities in relation to cyberbullying and work together to create an environment in which pupils learn and develop and staff have fulfilling careers free from harassment and bullying.
At Valley End we offer support to parents on how to help their children engage safely and responsibly with internet based activities, communication and games. This is achieved through an annual E-Safety workshop and presentation to parents. This evening includes advice and signposting to other sources of support and advice. Pupils are also taught how to keep safe on the internet and how to communicate on and use the internet appropriately. This is taught through the computing curriculum and within the technology element of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. Pupils also take part in Internet Safety Activities during Internet Safety Week. At Valley End we create a strong school-parent relationship that helps to create an atmosphere of trust and understanding. The school’s Computing Subject Leader has also undertaken Child Exploitation and On-line Protection (CEOP) training.
Incidents of cyber bullying are reported and dealt with in the same way as any other bullying incident. Please ‘Policy Implementation’ below. We do, believe, however, that EYFS and KS1 pupils are too young to have social media accounts and we recommend that parents ensure that their children do not access social media sites.
Through our Home School Agreement and our Staff Code of Conduct, all members of the school community, including parents, are asked to use social media and internet based communications responsibly. Staff also sign, and agree to, an ICT code of conduct.
Statutory Duty of Schools:
The Headteacher has a legal duty under the School Standards and framework Act 1998 to draw up procedures to prevent bullying among children and bring these procedures to the attention of staff, parents and pupils.
The following steps may be taken when dealing with incidents:
- If bullying is suspected or reported, the incident will be dealt with immediately by the member of staff who has been approached in line with Behaviour Management policy
- A clear account of the incident will be recorded and given to the Headteacher, or related verbally to the Headteacher who will record it with the member of staff.
- The Headteacher will interview all concerned and make a written record the interview.
- Class teachers, HLTAs/TAs/LSAs and support staff will be kept informed.
- Parents of all parties will be kept informed.
- Corrective measures will be used as appropriate and in consultation with all parties concerned.
Support for children:
Children who have been bullied will be supported by:
- Offering an immediate opportunity to discuss the experience with a class teacher or member of staff of their choice
- Working and supporting the child’s parents and wider family
- Offer of continuing support
- Working with the child to restore self-esteem and confidence
Children who have been the perpetrator will be helped by:
- Discussing what has happened
- Discovering why the child became involved
- Establishing the wrong doing and need to change
- Informing parents/carers to help change the attitude of the child
The following disciplinary steps can be taken:
- Official warnings to cease offending
- Exclusion from certain areas of the school premises. Any exclusion will remain in place for as long as necessary.
- Minor fixed term exclusion
- Major fixed term exclusion
- Permanent exclusion
Within the curriculum the school raises the awareness of the nature of acceptable and non-acceptable behaviour through inclusion in PSHE, class circle times, assemblies and subject areas in an attempt to ensure such behaviour is limited.
Please refer to the following supporting Policies:
Teaching for Learning
Staff Code of Conduct
Home School Agreement
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development.