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WHISTON WORRYGOOSE JUNIOR AND INFANT SCHOOL

Part of White Woods Academy Trust

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

Approved by Governors: September 2017

Review Date: September 2019

 

Anti-Bullying Policy

1        Philosophy

At Whiston Worrygoose J and I School, we treat the subject of bullying very seriously. We do not accept bullying in any form, whether it is physical, emotional or verbal. We operate under the following philosophy:

        

2        Statement of Intent

The aim of our school is simply to ‘End Bullying’.

Our objectives are: -

3. Definitions

Bullying is defined by the Department of Health, Department for Education and Employment, Home Office and National Assembly for Wales in the Governmental Guidance on Working Together to Safeguard Children as,

“deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for those bullied who are powerless to defend themselves. 

Bullying can take many forms, but the three main types cause stress and have an emotional impact.

 

  1. Physical (examples include, hitting, kicking, theft …),
  2. Verbal (eg racist, homophobic remarks and name calling …), and
  3. Indirect (eg spreading rumours …)”.

The damage inflicted by bullying can be frequently underestimated and may be spoken or appear in a variety of other forms such as texting, e-mail or through mobile phones.  Bullying can cause considerable distress affecting health and development.   At an extreme significant harm (including self-harm) may take place.

Both racist and homophobic bullying are examples of bullying activities causing stress of an emotional kind.

A child is defined as a person under the age of eighteen years in section 105 of the Children Act (1989) .

A young person is defined as a person under the age of 18, but over compulsory school age ie 16, a mature minor.

4.1) HOW DO WE IDENTIFY BULLYING BEHAVIOUR?

It is not always easy as a teacher to discover if, when and where bullying is happening. The following may help to spot it:

4.2) OUR PROCEDURE

If a concern is raised or witnessed in relation to bullying in school, the following procedure will be followed:

  1. Talk individually to the children involved in the incident. Be prepared to listen and try to build up an accurate picture of events. Use other witnesses, if any, to help you to do this. Where possible, get the children involved to write down an account of the incident(s). They could also be asked to keep a diary.

  1. Try not to apportion blame at an early stage. Remain neutral; aim to identify the real problem and then, if it is possible, look for solutions.

  1. Talk with the bully. Agree with him / her what the school expects and how s/he has broken the school’s golden rules. If there is more than one bully, meet with them as a group, have each of them state what has been agreed at the individual meetings; ensure that everyone is clear about what happened. Decide if the incident is serious enough to be taken to the headteacher (see point 6)

  1. If not referred to the head teacher follow the behaviour policy to sanction unacceptable behaviour, and to register your disapproval. A record of the incident should be made.

  1. Provide support for the victim, reassuring and counselling him / her regularly over the days following the incident.

  1. If the incident is serious and the head teacher or deputy head are informed and involved it is important that you make a record of the discussion. These records will need to take account of:

These recorded incidents are to be reported to, and discussed by a full meeting of the governing body each year.

  1. Parents of the bully will be informed of any serious incidents. They will be invited to talk to the head teacher about the problem and will be provided with assistance to help address the problem. Joint strategies for improvement will be discussed and agreed.

  1. Parents of the victim will be informed of the incident and of the action that has been taken in school as a consequence. They will have the opportunity to talk to the head teacher / class teacher about any concerns that they might have.
  2. Fixed term or permanent exclusions will be used as a last resort.

4.3) WHAT WE WILL DO TO HELP PREVENT BULLYING

Policy Agreed by: Governing Body

Review Date: September 2018


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