Policy Statement:

All cases of bullying are serious, whether physical or emotional/psychological.

                                        

The aim of the policy is to prevent bullying of any sort and to ensure that everyone can operate in a supportive, caring and safe environment without fear of being bullied. All members of the community should have an understanding of what bullying is and be familiar with the School policy on bullying; therefore the aim of the policy is to help members of the school community deal with bullying when it occurs and, even more importantly, to prevent it. Bullying is an anti- social behaviour which affects everyone; it is unacceptable and it will not be tolerated. Everyone in the community has a responsibility to report any incident of bullying that comes to their attention and these reports will always be taken seriously.

Definition of Bullying:

 

Bullying may involve complicity that falls short of direct participation by, for instance, manipulating a third party to tease or torment someone. It may be overt and intimidatory but is often hidden and subtle. It includes actions or comments that are racist, religious or cultural, homophobic, transphobic, sexist, sexual or which focus on disabilities or other physical attributes (such as hair, colour or body shape) or any reference to Special Educational Needs and/or disability.

                                        

The seriousness of bullying cannot be emphasised enough. Bullying is among the highest concerns that parents have about their children’s safety and well-being at and on the way to and from school. Bullying is also a primary concern of children and young people themselves. Bullying makes the lives of its victims a misery: it undermines their confidence and self-esteem and destroys their sense of security. Bullying impacts on its victims’ attendance and attainment at school, marginalises those groups who may be particular targets for bullies and can have a life-long negative impact on some young people’s lives. It can be psychologically damaging and, at worst, it has been a factor in pupil suicide.

                                        

It is acknowledged that bullies may have complex reasons for their behaviour and may well need help. It should also be recognised that the consequences of being allowed to ‘get away with it’ can be detrimental to them as well as to their victims. All pupils deserve the opportunity to be helped to understand what acceptable behaviour is.

Pupils are educated through assemblies, and the wider curriculum to raise awareness, with discussions of differences between people and the importance of avoiding prejudice. There are criminal laws that apply to harassment, assault and threatening behaviour.

Preventive Anti-bully Measures at ISB:

  1. General awareness is raised and supported by:
  1. All staff members must be familiar with the Anti-bullying policy
  2. All children must know about what to do if they witness or suffer bullying        

        

Please click here to see specific measure that are taking place in the specific school year.

 

Anti-Bullying Procedure:

                                        

What to look for:

Pupils who are being bullied may show changes in behaviour, such as becoming shy and nervous, feigning illness, taking unusual absences or clinging to adults. There may be evidence of changes in work patterns, lacking concentration or truanting from school.

Members of staff and all members of the community must be alert to the signs of bullying; community members should act promptly and firmly against it, in accordance with the policy. Sometimes people, either through lethargy, peer group pressure, or tacit support for what is going on fail to take action.

                                        

What to do:

                                        

The way to stamp out bullying is for people to be aware of the issues involved, and to be clear in their own minds what action to take should cases arise.

                                        

If you are the victim:                                        

                                                                                                         

  1. If you feel able to, confront the bully by verbally making him/her aware that you think that what he/she is doing is wrong.

                                                                                                 

  1. Share your feelings with someone else.

                                                                                         

  1. If possible, talk to a member of Staff, your Homeroom Teacher or Principal about the incident. Pupils may have a particular teacher they feel most comfortable talking to. If you would rather not go straight to a member of staff, talk to your friends; the School Counsellor or any trusted adult. They may well be able to advise on an appropriate course of action, or will be able to involve other people who can. There are also people outside the School who would be willing to help.

  1. If it is too hard to talk for you about it, there is “Confidential mailbox” in the 1st floor, which is checked every day. You can share your concerns even anonymously, although the school can deal with situations much better (and still discreetly), if we know the names of the students involved.

In urgent matters please contact Children crisis center: 241 484 149 (landline), mobile phone +420-777 715 215; email: dkc@ditekrize.cz or the division coordinators at ISB.

                                

                                        

Procedure if a student should witness bullying behaviour:

                                        

  1. Support the victim by offering your friendship and make it clear that in your opinion what is happening to them is wrong.        
  2. Encourage them to speak out on their own behalf by confronting the bully, or with their permission, confront the bully yourself.        
  3. Accompany the victim to a trusted adult, or suggest that you see their Homeroom teacher or Principal on their behalf.

                                        

Procedure for members of Staff should you witness an incident of bullying or it is reported to you:

  1. Reassure and support the students involved.        
  2. Advise them that you are required to pass details on to the relevant member of the Admin team.                                                 
  3. Fill in the information into the Anti- bullying log shared on the drive with all staff members. Bullying information is shared and monitored with the division Principals and the Head of School at all times.                                                          

                        

What will happen?

                                        

The victim will be interviewed by their Homeroom teacher and/or Division Principal on their own, and asked to write or dictate an immediate account of events. The process for dealing with bullying will be explained clearly to them. The victim is also given the opportunity to discuss his own reactions and behaviour towards the bully. The victim is given support and advice and counselling is suggested if deemed appropriate.

Once Homeroom teacher and/or Division leader are clear that a bullying offence has been committed, the bully and any others involved will be interviewed individually and asked to write or dictate an immediate account of events. The process for dealing with bullying will be explained clearly to them. 

                                        

Details of the incident may be recorded in pupils’ files. In the first instance, and depending on the severity of the case, usually Homeroom teacher and/or Division leader will interview the pupil or pupils whose behaviour has caused distress and give them a warning, making it clear that any further incident (or discussion about the current incident) would be considered to be further bullying. It will be made clear why the behaviour was inappropriate and unacceptable. Support and counselling may be offered. A commensurate consequence will also be given.

                                        

If the Homeroom teacher and/or Division leader decide it is appropriate, or it is a pupil’s second offence, the Head of School will become involved. The following sanctions may be applied in accordance with the School behavioural policy (please check the Parent/Student Handbook, where bullying is considered as serious breach of Behavioural policy):

                        

____________________________________________________________________ These are minimum sanctions. In very serious cases, where there is reasonable cause to suspect that a child is suffering or likely to suffer, significant harm, the incident is treated as a child protection (CP) concern and it will be necessary to make a report to Social Services or the Police.

                                                        

The School will raise awareness of the staff through training and take action to reduce the risk of bullying at the times and places where it is most likely to occur. The key points from this policy will be prominently displayed on School notice boards and will be discussed with pupils during Tutor led CP sessions. Anti-bullying will feature as a discussion point for Student committees.

                                                   

At ISB, we keep a record of incidents of significant poor behaviour including acts of bullying and sanctions. We are absolutely confident that the vast majority of the ISB community members will agree with our sentiments on Bullying. It is our intention to identify and take action against those who do not.

Policy update:

2.9.2016 - Jan

13.8.2018 - Jan