Approved by Staff: September 2020
Approved by Governors: 3.9.20
Review date: September 2022
Signed by Headteacher Isabel Stubbs on 3.9.20
Signed by Chair of Governors Fiona Hardman 3.9.20
Our aim is for a happy and caring school, in which all children have the opportunity to achieve the very highest standards. We do this by caring for and respecting each other.
Bullying can happen in any school, but we do not want it to happen here, and by following this policy want to prevent it happening or deal with it as quickly and effectively as we can if it does.
What is bullying?
‘Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or
emotionally.’ DfE 2011
Bullying is the act of intentionally causing unhappiness to others. It is -:
- deliberately hurtful (including aggression)
- repeated often over a period of time
- difficult for the target of the bullying to escape from
- always wrong
- never the fault of the person being bullied
- It can take many forms, but the three main types are:-
- physical – hitting, kicking, taking belongings
- verbal – name calling, insulting, making offensive remarks
- indirect – spreading nasty stories about someone, exclusion from social groups, being made the subject of malicious rumours.
Name calling is the most common direct form. This may be because of individual characteristics, but pupils can be called nasty names because of their ethnic origin, nationality or colour, or some form of disability.
Children’s understanding of bullying
Young children may easily confuse bullying with fighting and nasty experiences generally, but difficulties in identifying bullying will not prevent us from taking action. Most children say they would not join in bullying, but unfortunately few say that they would help someone who was being bullied. Despite being told to tell an adult at school, children are more likely to tell someone in their family if they are being bullied. It is essential that the class teacher or head teacher is contacted immediately if a child says they are being bullied. It is important that all claims of bullying are taken seriously at home and at school.
Talking about bullying
In school we discuss bullying as a part of RE, PSHE, in Assemblies, Class/School Councils and Circle Time. We encourage pupils to listen to each other, to respect each other and their beliefs. If children have problems in establishing friendship groups we encourage other children to become a ‘circle of friends’ to help them. Children are encouraged to think about the effects of bullying, and are generally aware that it is unacceptable behaviour.
All children in school are told that bullying is unacceptable.
Dealing with Bullying
Children are given guidelines about how they should deal with bullying. Children are taught to
- Say ’Stop ………………. (whatever they are doing) to any behaviour they do not like.
- Move away if it continues.
- Ask an adult for help if it still continues.
- If they observe bullying behaviour to take action to ensure that it stops. E.g. telling an adult what they have seen.
In school we:-
- never ignore suspected bullying of any kind
- don’t make premature assumptions
- listen carefully to all accounts – several pupils saying the same does not mean that they are telling the truth
- adopt a problem-solving approach which moves pupils on from justifying themselves
- follow-up repeatedly, checking bullying has not resumed.
‘Disciplinary measures must be applied fairly, consistently, and reasonably
taking account the needs of vulnerable pupils.’ DfE 2011
Bullying behaviour may be an indicator of safeguarding issues; this will always be considered and the school’s Safeguarding Policy followed.
If an allegation of bullying is made on or off school premises, the school will work with parents and children to resolve the matter.
We continue to work to develop our outdoor play so that children are purposefully involved in play activities, and consult with the children about the organisation of the play activities. The Midday Supervisors work with the head teacher to ensure that the lunchtime period is managed well, and support children in their play. They report any suspected bullying to the head teacher.
The anti-bullying policy is reviewed and discussed regularly, including any support staff may need with specific issues.
For Further Information please see Preventing and Tackling Bullying DfE 2011
We have written our own anti-bullying leaflet and send these out regularly to inform parents of our procedures and raise awareness. Cecil Gowing Infant School does not tolerate bullying of any kind.