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Anti Bullying Policy

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

 

Under The Education and Inspections Act 2006, we have clear responsibilities to respond to bullying.  We must have measures in place to encourage good behaviour and to prevent all forms of bullyingamongst students.  In addition, we now have the ability to discipline students for poor behaviour even when it does not occur on the school site nor when the student is under our lawful control.  In addition, we are required to follow the Equality Act 2010 (see our Equal Opportunities Policy). 

 

The Every Child Matters: Change for Children agenda is still relevant to the well-being of children and bullying can prevent children from achieving the five key outcomes.  In particular, reducing bullying helps to "keep children safe" and allows them to "enjoy and achieve".  We aim to improve educational achievement, health and emotional well being, and make schools a safe, secure and healthy environment in which young people can learn and develop. 

 

Rawlett is an accredited Staffordshire Healthy School under the National Healthy Schools Scheme. This scheme and PSHCE framework (delivered through Enrichment Days and pastoral systems) support each other and engage staff, pupils, governors, parents and the wider community in a whole school approach.

 

When at school, we want all our children to achieve their potential.  This is not limited to their academic progress; we also include their social and moral development.  For this, as with every other aspect of their learning, we value and need parental support and engagement (PARTNERSHIPS).

 

Through our pastoral systems and their time in school in general, students should learn and be shown how to behave in a kind, respectful and responsible way.  At Rawlett, our aim is to encourage children to choose to behave well and to take responsibility for themselves and their behaviour.  In this way, they will become caring and responsible citizens, and kind and respectful individuals, making a positive contribution to their culture, environment and community.  Therefore, our focus is on rewarding the positive behaviour that students have chosen, to help them to develop good decision-making. (PEOPLE)

 

Within this context, all of our community must be allowed to work in the Rawlett School free from all forms of bullying. We take bullying seriously, and aim to resolve these issues promptly and sensitively.

 

We aim to prevent bullying through proactively trying to resolve conflict and by helping students to develop strategies to deal with issues themselves.  If bullying does occur, all pupils should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.  We are a TELLING school.  This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell staff.

 

What is bullying?

 

Human relationships mean individuals will always have ‘ups and downs’ within their social group but we feel that bullying can be defined as an ongoing and intentional attempt to intimidate and upset someone.  It may include:

 

  • Emotional        being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)
  • Physical          pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
  • Racist              racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
  • Sexual             unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments, stereotyping.
  • Homophobic   because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality
  • Verbal              name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
  • Cyber              All areas of internet ,such as  email & internet chat room misuse ; social networking sites ; instant messaging
    Mobile threats by text messaging & calls
    Misuse of associated technology, i.e. camera &video facilities
  • Child Exploitation Online Protection guidance

 

In addition, it may be aimed at other groups within our community, including students with SEN, Looked After Children and travelling children.  House Leaders monitor who is bullying and who is being bullied,liaising with the SENCo as and when appropriate to protect all SEN students.  This means that we identify whether there are any patterns in our school, so that we can address them early, seeking to prevent bullying in the future.  In addition, House Leaders check up on the progress and well-being of both bully and victim four weeks after any incident, in case further support or intervention is required.

 

To address bullying we

 

  • Regularly evaluate, monitor  and reflect on our work.  For example, we have shared advice on how to keep students safe on-line due to Facebook.  In addition, incidents are recorded and Anti-Bullying is discussed at the governors’ Student Well-Being Committee.  The governors will review this policy annually and assess its implementation and effectiveness by monitoring the number of recorded cases.
  • Involve parents so that they are aware that we do not tolerate bullying and so they are aware of the procedures to follow if they have concerns.  This policy is shared on-line and we will deal promptly with any issues they raise.
  • Involve pupils so that they are aware of our expectations of their behaviour and are clear that they have a role to play in preventing bullying, including alerting adults if they find themselves as bystanders and being kind to younger and/or vulnerable students.  In addition, the School Council is asked to alert teachers to any ‘pockets’ of poor bullying or poor behaviour so that they can be addressed.
  • Implement Sanctions as appropriate but also work with students to resolve issues whilst supporting the victim.  Violent behaviour will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the appropriate level, following our Behaviour for Learning policy.
  • Openly discuss differences between people that could motivate bullying, such as religion, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality. Also children with different family situations, such as looked after children or those with caring responsibilities. Schools can also teach children that using any prejudice based language is unacceptable;
  • Provide staff training so colleagues understand the principles and purpose of the school’s policy, our legal responsibilities regarding bullying, how to resolve problems, and where to seek support.   This must include non-teaching staff as incidents may happen outside of classrooms.
  • Work with the wider community such as the police where bullying is particularly serious or persistent and where a criminal offence may have been committed. We will seek the support of any agency to help us to understand bullying issues and to help us to help our young people.
  • Make it easy for pupils to report bullying so that they are assured that they will be listened to and incidents acted on. In our vertical tutor groups and with the employment of five House Leaders, students have more people who know them and can support them.  In addition, we have set up tell@rawlett  and trained peer counsellors so students can report incidents confidentially, getting support more quickly.
  • Create an inclusive environment where students can feel safe to discuss issues of bullying or other topics that are impacting on their progress or well-being.
  • Celebrate success and adults model the behaviour  we expect of our students so that we have created and continue to reinforce a positive school ethos.

 

Schools’ accountability

 

      

HELP ORGANISATIONS:

Advisory Centre for Education (ACE)                              0808 800 5793

Children's Legal Centre                                                    0845 345 4345

KIDSCAPE Parents Helpline (Mon-Fri, 10-4)                  0845 1 205 204

Parentline Plus                                                                  0808 800 2222

Youth Access                                                                    020 8772 9900

Bullying Online                                                                  www.bullying.co.uk

CEOP                                                                                www.ceop.gov.uk

 

Visit the Kidscape website www.kidscape.org.uk for further support, links and advice.

 

Reviewed Dec 2012