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Anti-Bullying Policy

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY- KIRKBY C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL A “GOOD FRIENDS’ APPROACH”

The principles of the school's anti-bullying policy are taken from the Mission Statement and relate directly to our Behaviour and Discipline Policy.


The aim of our anti-bullying policy is to ensure that everyone can learn in a supportive and safe environment which shows care and respect for everyone, and where everyone has a sense of belonging without fear of being bullied.

Statement

Bullying is defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, which is unprovoked, repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves.


What Is Bullying?

Bullying is unacceptable behaviour used by an individual or group, repeated

Over a period of time, that intentionally hurts another individual or groups either physically or emotionally.


In other words, bullying at Kirkby Church of England Primary is considered to be,

 “unacceptable behaviour which occurs ‘lots of times, on purpose’.”


Bullying can be:


Emotional

Being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books,threatening gestures)


Physical

Pushing, kicking, biting, hitting, punching or any use of violence


Racial

Discriminating against people because of different accent, ethnic group, social class. Racial taunts, graffiti or gestures


Sexual

Unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments


Homophobic

Discriminating against people because of gender, physical appearance


Cyber Bullying

All areas of Internet ,such as email and Internet chat Twitter,Facebook misuse,Mobile threats by text messaging and calls,Misuse of associated technology , i.e. camera and video facilities, IPad,  games consoles,


Direct or indirect Verbal

name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing, leaving people out deliberately to upset them

Bullying may be related to:


Bullying can take place in the classroom, playground, and toilets, on the journey to and from school, on school trip and on the internet.

Bullying in any form, by anyone, will not be tolerated at Kirkby C of E Primary School. We do not accept any form of behaviour which hurts, threatens or frightens any member of the school community. Everyone has the right to feel safe and happy in school and in the playground. We believe in eradicating bullying without victimising the bully. Victims will be confident that support will be given and action will be taken against bullies.

Staff must be vigilant about bullying; that is, do not always wait to be told before you raise concerns or deal directly with the matter. Children may not know they are being bullied.

Why it is important to respond to bullying?

Bullying hurts, damages and can have huge implications on young peoples lives. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Bullying has the potential to damage the mental health of a victim. Everyone has the right to be treated with respect. Pupils who are bullying need to learn new and different ways of behaving.

What is our aim for the school?

We seek to develop an environment which is welcoming, which shows care and respect for everyone, and where everyone has a sense of belonging.


To promote the well-being of all pupils based on trust between all members of the school community. It is everyone’s responsibility to prevent bullying from occurring.

To offer an environment free from verbal and physical abuse and to provide an education free from humiliation and oppression where everyone has the chance to partake in the social and educational opportunities offered by the school.

To report and record all instances of bullying.

To promote a “whole school” approach, where signals and signs are identified and swift and effective action is taken.

To teach pupils to recognise how others feel and treat others how they would like to be treated.

A POSITIVE APPROACH TO PROMOTE “GOOD FRIENDS”

 

Children who have been bullied

What should children do?  

 

How can staff and parents help?  

Guidelines for dealing with pupils who report they have been bullied;

Guidelines for dealing with pupils who have been accused of bullying;

School procedures for dealing with bullying

In dealing with cases of bullying we aim to:


STOP the bullying behaviour

RE-EDUCATE those who bully, changing attitudes and behaviour for the future;

RECONCILE the pupils involved, using restorative practises.



Why is it important to Respond to Bullying ?

Bullying hurts, No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Bullying has the potential to damage the mental health of a victim. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Pupils who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.



Signs and Symptoms of Bullying

A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these signs and that they should investigate if a child:

 


SANCTIONS AVAILABLE

SOME CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

Bullying happens in every school to some degree.

It’s OK to tell - ‘don’t suffer in silence’.

Bullying can be addressed effectively through whole school policy and planned interventions.

By promoting positive social behaviour through the teaching of specific skills, school staff, parents and pupils can work together to create a friendly caring school.

WEBSITES

Kirkby Church of England Primary School is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites.


www.dfee.gov.uk/bullying

Government site with information about the new pack for schools and many links to related sites.

 

www.bullying.co.uk

www.kidscape.org.uk

Both good for general information, support and strategies

 

www.childline.org.uk

Has very useful information sections, particularly on racial harassment and bullying.

 

www.antibullying.net

This site also has a useful section on racist bullying.

 

www.ncb.org.uk

The website of the National Children’s Bureau has information on bullying in the Forum on Children and Violence section.

 

www.nspcc.org.uk

The NSPCC site includes information on bullying as part of the Full Stop campaign.


www.thewhocarestrust.org.uk

This Who Cares Trust is a charity aimed at children in public care.


www.bullyfreezone.co.uk


www.stopbullying.gov


www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk


www.anti-bullying.org.uk


www.actagainstbullying.com


Key Info. Anti-B. pdf