We acknowledge the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 that clearly states that all maintained schools must have in place an Anti-Bullying Policy that outlines procedures in order to prevent bullying among pupils.
We have a duty of care to protect pupils from bullying as part of our responsibility to provide a safe, secure, caring and friendly school environment for all the children in order to protect them from those who wish to deliberately hurt them either physically or emotionally. We believe all our safeguarding procedures are in line with Sections 3(5) and 87(1) of the Children Act 1989 and Section 157 of the Education Act 2002 and that we promote the welfare of all children in our care.
Under no circumstances will we tolerate any form of bullying and all incidents of bullying will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
We wish to work closely with the Pupil Voice Groups and to hear their views and opinions as we acknowledge and support Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that children should be encouraged to form and to express their views.
We as a school community have a commitment to promote equality. Therefore, an equality impact assessment has been undertaken and we believe this policy is in line with the Equality Act 2010.
Aims & Objectives
- To develop a school environment that is both safe and secure for all pupils.
- To have in place established systems that will deal with incidents of bullying.
- To develop confident children who will notify staff of any incident of bullying.
- To inform everyone connected with the school of the school’s anti-bullying policy.
- To work with other schools to share good practice in order to improve this policy.
Role of the Governing Body
The Governing Body will not condone any bullying and has:
- delegated powers and responsibilities to the Headteacher to eliminate all forms of bullying and to keep records of all incidents of bullying;
- delegated powers and responsibilities to the Headteacher to ensure all school personnel and visitors to the school are aware of and comply with this policy;
- responsibility for ensuring funding is in place to support this policy;
- responsibility for ensuring all policies are made available to parents;
- responsibility for the effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of this policy
Role of the Headteacher
Under Section 157 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 the Headteacher has a duty to encourage good behaviour, the respect for others and to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils.
Therefore, the Headteacher will:
- implement this policy;
- ensure that all school personnel are aware of the policy;
- work to create a safe, secure, caring and friendly school environment for all the children;
- ensure that all pupils understand that bullying is wrong through PSHE and school assemblies;
- ensure that all parents aware of this policy and that we do not tolerate bullying;
- respond and deal with all incidents of bullying;
- keep records of all incidents of bullying;
- provide leadership and vision in respect of equality;
- provide guidance, support and training to all staff;
- monitor the effectiveness of this policy;
- annually report to the Governing Body on the success and development of this policy
Role of School Personnel
School personnel will:
- comply with this policy;
- be aware of the signs of bullying in order to prevent bullying taking place;
- take all forms of bullying seriously;
- encourage pupils to report any incidents of bullying to any member of the school personnel;
- report all incidents of bullying;
- raise awareness of the wrongs of bullying through PSHE;
- use preventative strategies such as circle time and buddy systems;
- undertake the appropriate training;
- implement the school’s equalities policy and schemes;
- report and deal with all incidents of discrimination;
- report any concerns they have on any aspect of the school community
Role of Pupils
- report if they are being bullied;
- report if they see someone being bullied;
- listen carefully to all instructions given by the teacher;
- ask for further help if they do not understand;
- treat others, their work and equipment with respect;
- talk to others without shouting and will use language which is neither abusive nor offensive;
- support the Home and School Agreement and guidance necessary to ensure the smooth running of the school;
- take part in questionnaires and surveys
Role of Parents
- be aware of and support this policy;
- report to the school any concerns they have of their child being bullied;
- be assured that the school will deal with all incidents of bullying;
- be assured that they will be informed of incidents and will be involved in discussions;
- be asked to take part in periodic surveys conducted by the school;
- support the Home and School Agreement and guidance necessary to ensure smooth running of the school
Training for School Personnel
School personnel will undertake training in:
- What is bullying?
- Types of bullying such as cyberbullying, bullying, bullying of children with special educational needs, homophobic bullying and bullying around race, religion and culture;
- Recognising bullying;
- Anti-bullying strategies;
- How to deal with a bullying incident;
- Counselling the bullied and the bullies;
- Working and co-operating with parents and carers
We ensure all school personnel have equal chances of training, career development and promotion. Periodic training will be organised for all school personnel so that they are kept up to date with new information and guide lines concerning equal opportunities.
- All reported incidents are investigated and dealt with.
- Parents are informed of all events and what actions have been taken.
- Records will be kept of all incidents and their outcomes.
- Counselling and support mechanisms are in place to help those who have been bullied.
- All perpetrators of bullying are given time to discuss why they have bullied and why their actions were wrong.
Raising Awareness of this Policy
We will raise awareness of this policy via:
- the School Prospectus;
- the school website;
- meetings with parents such as introductory, transition, parent-teacher consultations and periodic curriculum workshops;
- school events;
- meetings with school personnel;
- communications with home such as weekly newsletters and of end of half term newsletters;
- reports such as the Annual Report to Parents and the Headteacher Reports to the Governing Body.
Equality Impact Assessment
Under the Equality Act 2010 we have a duty not to discriminate against people on the basis of their age, disability, gender, gender identity, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.
This policy has been equality impact assessed and we believe that it is in line with the Equality Act 2010 as it is fair, it does not prioritise or disadvantage any pupil and it helps to promote equality at this school.
This policy will be reviewed when necessary.