Anti-Bullying Policy

Introduction

The majority of children live amicably together in a caring, sharing environment, although occasionally there are children who find social interaction a challenge and may resort to behaviour which may constitute bullying. If such a case arises, the staff at Beecroft Academy will follow the anti-bullying guidelines laid out in this policy. This will enable staff to:

  • Identify such children and know how to support these children in order that they develop the necessary skills to participate in the school community effectively and positively
  • Keep all the other children safe, happy and confident

This policy will also help staff to achieve the vision of the school where “The staff and governors at Beecroft Academy are committed and passionate about leaning and the education of children where we wish to ensure that every child enjoys and understands the importance of learning.”  This will ensure that the school provides an environment where every child can feel:

  • Safe
  • Healthy
  • Able to enjoy and achieve
  • Able to contribute to future economic well-being
  • Able to make a positive contribution

Aims and objectives

  • To understand that bullying is wrong and that it damages children.
  • To prevent bullying by developing a school ethos in which bullying is regarded as entirely unacceptable.
  • To produce a safe and secure environment where all can learn without anxiety.
  • To ensure that measures are in place to reduce the likelihood of bullying.
  • To provide a consistent school response to any bullying incidents that may occur.
  • To make all those connected with the school aware of its opposition to bullying.
  • To make clear each person’s responsibilities with regard to the eradication of bullying throughout school.
  • To ensure that all children, regardless of their age, ability, gender, ethnicity, culture or special educational or physical needs, are given equal opportunity with regard to succeeding at school and developing as well rounded young people.
  • To enable all staff opportunity to discuss and reflect on the behaviour policy of the school and to ensure this is followed and implemented.

Anti-Bullying Procedures

The staff at Beecroft Academy take all forms of bullying seriously and seek to prevent it from taking place.

Staff will take all reported or observed incidents of bullying very seriously. Anybody who witnesses an act of bullying should record it in detail and immediately provide the Headteacher with a copy.

All records of incidents of bullying that occur both in and out of class are stored in the Headteacher’s office. Staff must also record incidents that occur near the school, or on the children’s way between school and home.

When any bullying takes place the Headteacher will deal with the issue immediately.

If a child is being bullied over a period of time, then the Headteacher will inform the child’s parents/carers.

Activities that occur as the result of a bullying incident may be:

  • Counselling and support for the victim of the bullying
  • Time spent talking to the child who has bullied, explaining why his/her actions were wrong; encouragement to change his/her behaviour in future times (there will be consequences for the child who has carried out the bullying)

If a child is repeatedly involved in bullying other children, the Headteacher will invite the child’s parents/carers into the school to discuss the situation. In more extreme cases, for example where these initial discussions have proven ineffective the Headteacher may contact external support agencies, such as social care or the behaviour support services, for additional help.

Definitions

Bullying

A bully is defined as someone who deliberately sets out to hurt another person on more than one occasion. All children have upsets and squabbles; these are not classed as bullying and are dealt with through the Behaviour Policy.

Types of Bullying

  • Physical – Deliberately hurting particular children on a regular basis
  • Verbal – Deliberately hurting feelings through name-calling etc
  • Ostracising – Making individuals feel left out and different by deliberately setting out to exclude them

The Role of Governors

The Governing Body supports the Headteacher in all attempts to eliminate bullying from the school. The Governing Body do not condone any bullying at all, and any incidents of bullying that do occur will be taken very seriously, and dealt with appropriately.

The Governing Body monitors incidents of bullying that do occur, and reviews the effectiveness of this policy regularly. The Governors require the Headteacher to keep accurate records of all incidents of bullying and to report to the Governors on request about the effectiveness of the school’s anti-bullying strategies.

A parent/carer who is dissatisfied with the way the school has dealt with a bullying incident can make a complaint to the Chair of Governors. The complaint will be dealt with in accordance with the school’s Policy for Raising Concerns and Resolving Complaints.

The Role of the Headteacher

It is the responsibility of the Headteacher to implement the school’s anti-bullying strategy, to ensure that all stakeholders are aware of the school policy, and that they know how to identify and deal with incidents of bullying. The Headteacher will report to the Governing Body about the effectiveness of the Anti-Bullying Policy on request.

It is the Headteacher who must ensure that all children know that bullying is wrong, and that it is unacceptable behaviour in school. The Headteacher will draw the attention of children to this fact at suitable moments. For example, the Headteacher may decide to use an assembly as the forum in which to discuss with the children why bullying is wrong.

The Headteacher will ensure that all members of staff receive sufficient training to be equipped to identify and deal with all incidents of bullying.

The Headteacher will set the school climate of mutual support and praise for success, so making bullying less likely. When children feel they are important and belong to a friendly and welcoming school, bullying is far less likely to be part of their behaviour.

The Role of the Staff

Members of staff will do all that they can to eradicate bullying; they will ensure that they follow the school’s Anti-Bullying Policy.

All members of staff will routinely attend training that equips them to identify bullying and to follow school policy and procedures with regard to behaviour management.

Staff will use a range of methods to help prevent bullying and to establish a climate of trust and respect for all. They will use drama, role-play, stories etc within the curriculum, to help pupils understand the feelings of bullied children and to practise the restraint required to avoid lapsing into bullying behaviour. Circle time will also be used to praise, reward and celebrate the successes of all children, and thus to help create a positive atmosphere.

Members of staff will keep a vigilant watch on suspected ‘bullies’; any incidents will be handled carefully. It is important that the child responsible for initiating the bullying is dealt with appropriately. The person dealing with the incident will need to collect all the relevant information and then provide the Headteacher with a copy in order that he/she can decide on an action. All cases are individual and various strategies will be employed by the Headteacher to address the issue.

Teachers and support staff will do all they can to support a child who is being bullied.

Bullying in the Workplace

Incidents, where it has been deemed that a member of staff has been bullying a child, will be taken very seriously. The Headteacher, with the support of the Governing Body and the Local Authority, will deal with this; formal action will be taken where necessary. Such action will also be taken if it is deemed that a member of staff is bullying other members of staff.

NB In the event of the Headteacher being involved in such incidents, reports will be given immediately to the Chair of Governors who will also take formal action where necessary.

The Role of Parents/Carers

Parents/carers, who are concerned that their child might be being bullied or who suspect that their child may be the perpetrator of bullying, should contact their child’s class teacher immediately in a calm manner. If they are not satisfied with the action taken they should contact the Headteacher. If they remain dissatisfied, they should follow the procedure detailed above.

Parents/carers have a responsibility to support the school’s Anti-bullying Policy by actively encouraging their child to be a positive member of the school.

The Role of Pupils

Pupils are encouraged to tell somebody they trust if they are being bullied, and if the bullying continues they must keep on letting people know; the children are taught a number of strategies to help them with this.

Pupils are also encouraged to participate fully in activities that raise their awareness about bullying in order that they clearly understand what to do if they, or another child, are being bullied.

The School Building

All areas in the school are well supervised to eradicate bullying incidents; bullying thrives in areas of minimal supervision. Children will be kept in sight of an adult on the playground; this forms the basis of one of the school rules that has been devised and agreed by the children.

In the school building, members of staff will ensure that children are well supervised. This is necessary for health and safety issues as well as discipline.

Monitoring and Review

This policy is monitored on a day-to-day basis by the Headteacher, who reports to Governors on request about the effectiveness of the policy.

This Anti-Bullying Policy is the Governors’ responsibility, and they review its effectiveness annually.

This policy will be reviewed in two years, or earlier if necessary.

Mrs S Potter
September 2014