The Governing Body is responsible for establishing and maintaining this policy and for ensuring that it is followed. The Principal is responsible for implementing the decisions of the Learning Provision Committee and for complying with this policy. The policy applies to the Principal and to all staff employed by the Academy.
Route 39 Academy
Prevention of Bullying Policy
Definition of Bullying
Identifying those being subjected to bullying behaviour – Possible Signs
Encouragement to tell
Advice to Parents/Carers/Staff
Advice to Teachers and Academy Staff
The role of the Curriculum in the prevention of bullying
Monitoring and Evaluation
The aim of this policy is to clarify for students, staff and parents/carers that bullying behaviour is always unacceptable. We wish to encourage an environment where independence is celebrated and individuals can flourish without fear. Every member of the Academy community has the right to be safe and happy in the Academy, and to be protected when he/she is feeling vulnerable. Our approach is underpinned by our commitment to developing strong relationships and our use of restorative approaches to poor behaviour choices. The Academy invests time and energy into developing a community of individuals who can develop and powerful mind, make positive choices and take responsibility for their own actions as well as taking positive action when confronted with or seeing negative behaviours.
Bullying is repeated behaviour which makes other people feel uncomfortable or threatened whether this is intended or not. It involves an abuse of power and can hurt, intimidate, frighten, harm, humiliate, undermine or exclude. People who exhibit bullying behaviour often pick on anything that makes a person ‘different’ and their actions can be racist, sexist, homophobic or based on SEN, disability, appearance or family background.
There are different sorts of bullying behaviour, but the four main types are:
Students who are being subjected to bullying behaviour show changes in their own behaviour, such as becoming shy and nervous, feigning illness or clinging to adults. They may show changes in their work patterns, may lack concentration or may even truant from the Academy. Adults who are being subjected to bullying behaviour may withdraw from the team, have repeated time off sick and may suffer from anxiety and /or depression.
It is important that as a community we create an atmosphere, at Route 39 Academy, where students or adults who are being subjected to bullying behaviour, or others who know about it (see ,hear or are simply worried that this may be occurring ), feel that they will be listened to and believed, and that action taken will be swift, sensitive to their concerns and involve them in the process.
Not telling protects the person or people behaving in an unacceptable way and gives the message that they can continue, perhaps using bullying behaviour towards others too.
It is vital to make it clear to the person reporting that they are believed and will be listened to. A restorative approach is important, and the person investigating must ensure that facts are gathered and understood before agreeing any action. The person being subjected to bullying behaviour is key to this process and should be involved in the decision about what needs to happen next.
Parents/carers of all parties involved must be informed about what has been happening and involved in the process.
Any known bullying behaviour will always be investigated thoroughly at Route 39 Academy, we NEVER IGNORE ANYTHING and a written record of all reported incidents is kept, including follow up actions.It is vital that everything that happens is carefully recorded in a clear factual way and recorded in the Academy MIS.
Watch for early signs of distress in children, such as:
These symptoms may not always be an indication that a child is being subjected to bullying behaviour but they are an indication that something is not right. It is better to report a concern and be wrong than ignore these signs.
Listen, take seriously and act upon any information you receive. Try to establish, Who? What? When? and Where?
Work across the Academy curriculum and extended curriculum as well as during coaching time should enhance this policy by:
The Academy will highlight positive relationships and the benefits of diversity during national Anti-Bullying Week (November each year) in addition to regular reviews about behaviours and their affects on our community.
The Academy will ensure that students are aware of this policy through curriculum, extended curriculum, display work and coaching time.
Parents / Carers can access this policy on the website or request a copy.
The policy will be monitored, evaluated and reviewed annually. We will include