Prevention of Bullying Policy

Status:

Ratified

Drafted by:

Governor

Date:

9/2/17

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.

Contents

Route 39 Academy

Prevention of Bullying Policy

Contents

Rationale

Definition of Bullying

Procedures

Identifying those being subjected to bullying behaviour – Possible Signs

Encouragement to tell

Guidelines

Our rules

Advice to Parents/Carers/Staff

Parents/Carers

Advice to Teachers and Academy Staff

The role of the Curriculum in the prevention of bullying

Dissemination

Monitoring and Evaluation

Rationale

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.

Definition of Bullying

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:

Procedures

Identifying those being subjected to bullying behaviour – Possible Signs

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.

Encouragement to tell

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.

Guidelines

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.

Our rules

Advice to Parents/Carers/Staff

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?

Parents/Carers

Advice to Teachers and Academy Staff

The role of the Curriculum in the prevention of bullying

Work across the Academy curriculum and extended curriculum as well as during coaching time should  enhance this policy by:

  1. Dealing with the topic in a way which explores why people would use bullying behaviour and gives alternative ways of behaving and dealing with the challenges and difficulties in life.
  2.  Using teaching methods that encourage collaborative work and a variety of groupings so that students extend their relationships beyond a small group of friends.
  3.  Celebrating diversity and difference within our community  and how this enriches our community and the wider world.
  4. Training  for all student and staff as well as providing the opportunity for parents and the community.
  5. Providing a Lead Practitioner to embed and review the personal training.

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.

Dissemination

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.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The policy will be monitored, evaluated and reviewed annually.  We will include