Gwenfo Church in Wales Primary School
Bullying can occur in any school regardless of size, gender or socio-economic background. School should be a safe place, where the emphasis is on mutual respect, regardless of perceived or real differences. At Gwenfo Primary School it is the responsibility of everyone to acknowledge that it can occur at any time verbally, physically and emotionally and in any area of our school community. We must remain constantly vigilant and positive in our approach towards prevention and tackling problems when they arise. Approaches to tackle bullying should include whole school, class and individual pupil work.
We aim to help our children become self-motivated, independent learners.
We encourage our children to realise their full potential and have respect for others, their community and their environment. Through a stimulating, caring Christian atmosphere we promote secure and happy relationships within the school community.
Objectives of this Policy
Gwenfo C/W Primary School Anti-Bullying Policy outlines what Gwenfo C/W Primary School will do to prevent and tackle bullying. The policy has been drawn up through the involvement of the whole school community.
- To define what we understand by the term “bullying”
- To develop and maintain a whole school approach to anti-bullying which is positive and supportive.
- To develop shared ownership and responsibility in tackling incidents of bullying – children, teaching and support staff, governors, parents and support agencies.
- To establish a monitoring system to ensure all incidents are recorded and dealt with according to agreed school policy.
- To communicate the policy and procedures to children, staff, parents and governors to ensure clarity and understanding.
- To regularly evaluate the policy as part of the whole school approach to behaviour management.
Definition of Bullying
Bullying is” Behaviour by an individual or group. Usually repeated over time that intentionally hurts another individual either physically or emotionally”.
Bullying can include: name calling, taunting, mocking, making offensive comments,; kicking; hitting; taking belongings; inappropriate text messaging and electronic messaging (including through web-sites, social networking sites and instant messenger); sending offensive or degrading images by phone or via the internet; producing offensive graffiti; gossiping; excluding people from groups and spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours.
Forms of bullying covered by this Policy
- Bullying can happen to anyone. This policy covers all types of bullying including:
- Bullying related to race, religion or culture.
- Bullying related to special educational needs.
- Bullying related to appearance or health conditions.
- Cyber bullying.
Preventing, identifying and responding to bullying
- Work with staff and outside agencies to identify all forms of prejudice-driven bullying.
- Actively provide systematic opportunities to develop pupils’ social and emotional skills, including their resilience.
- Consider all opportunities for addressing bullying including through the curriculum, through displays, through peer support and through School Council.
- Train all staff including lunchtime staff and playground buddies to identify bullying and follow school policy and procedures on bullying.
- Actively create “safe spaces” for vulnerable children and young people.
Actions to be taken in cases of bullying
The class teacher deals with bullying in the first instance, if it is reported at school. More persistent occurrences are dealt with by the Headteacher and /or Deputy Headteacher who uses professional judgement in deciding whether or not involve the parents of those concerned.
Sometimes incidents of bullying are reported initially at home and the parents inform the school. This is then dealt with by the class teacher and the H/t and/or DH/T.
Headteachers have a legal duty to take measures to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils. All teaching and support staff should be alert to signs of bullying and act promptly and firmly.
Staff at Gwenfo Primary School use the following strategies according to the situation, age of children, resources available, etc:-
- Watch for early signs of distress in pupils – deterioration of work, spurious illness, isolation, the desire to remain with adults, regularly being late for school, low self-esteem, bruises and cuts, avoidance of school. All of the above may be symptomatic of other problems but may be early signs of bullying.
- Be available and willing to listen. Treat information seriously.
- Record each incident precisely.
- Offer the victim immediate support and help by putting the school’s procedures into operation. Inform the parents of both the victim and the child who is doing the bullying where appropriate.
- Avoid the ‘bullying’ model when applying sanctions. Do not bully the child who is bullying. Try to negotiate an agreed form of atonements which is acceptable to both the victim and the bully.
- Ensure all accessible areas are actively / openly supervised on a random basis.
- All observed incidents of bullying must be stopped immediately. They must be dealt with, either immediately or at a later more appropriate time.
- Other pupils can be positive resource in countering / de-fusing situations which occur. Discussion groups with pupils and lessons about bullying could be set up where appropriate.
- Ensure all pupils know how to express worries and anxieties about bullying.
- Help the child who is bullying to become aware that his/her actions are considered to be bullying and that these are hurtful to the victim.
- Ascertain wherever possible the reasons why she/he bullies others and help the child who is bullying resolve his/her problems.
- Break up groups of children who display inappropriate behaviour by not allowing them to play, sit, eat, etc., together.
- Bullying is always wrong – a victim of bullying must not be made to feel guilty because she/ he is bullied. The victim, must, however, be made aware that some behaviour can easily be used as an excuse for bullying.
- If bullying is happening to children on the way home, inform the parents of this, keep the child who is bullying at school until everyone has left. Do not allow the children who are bullying leave together.
- Encourage positive peer support against bullying behaviour.
- Help children think about strategies to use.
- Sexual, family and racial harassment also needs to be discussed and dealt with sensitively according to the ages and needs of the children.
- Ensure that pupils know what to do when they are bullied. Regularly remind children, especially newcomers that bullying (verbal or physical) is not tolerated in the school.
- Involve students in anti-bullying campaigns in school.
Gwenfo Primary School is a supportive and caring community. Everyone has a right to feel safe. Everyone is expected to ensure that bullying does not happen and has the responsibility to tell – this is not telling tales.
Parents are asked to maintain communication with the school in order that the home- school partnership can be kept secure.
Bullying is treated seriously at Gwenfo Primary School and aim to handle it sensitively. Both parties are fully involved in discussions about allegations and incidents. For more serious incidents parents/guardians are also included in discussions. The school’s approach to bullying is discussed with children when appropriate.
Positive approaches to Behaviour Management form part of curriculum work in Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship, usually during Circle Time sessions involving a whole class or groups.
- Individual incidents of bullying, alleged and proven, are recorded and kept on file, together with details of any action taken.
- Where external support has been involved, reports on visits to school and any findings are kept on file.
- The incidence of bullying and the effectiveness of the anti-bullying policy are evaluated regularly by the Senior Management team and the Curriculum Committee of the Governing Body.
Monitoring & review, policy into practice
We will .review this Policy at least once every two years as well as if incidents occur that suggest the need for review. The school uses guidance by the Anti-Bullying Alliance to inform its action planning to prevent and tackle bullying.
This policy only works if it ensures that the whole school community understands that bullying is not tolerated and understands the steps that will be taken to prevent and respond to bullying.
It is the responsibility of:
- School Governors to take a lead role in monitoring and reviewing this policy.
- Governors, Head teacher, Senior Managers, Teaching and Support staff to be aware of this policy and implement accordingly.
- The Head teacher to communicate the policy to the school community.
- Pupils to abide by the policy.