Anti-Bullying Policy

Meadow High School

Anti Bullying Policy

 

Policy Name:  

 Anti Bullying Policy

Policy Number:  

 

Date of Approval: 

April 2016

Effective Date:

April 2016

Revised Date:

April 2016

Review by Date:

April 2017

Policy/Procedure Author:

Mr. Ross Macdonald

Policy/Procedure Owner:

Meadow High School

Approved by: 

Senior Management Team

Governor Committee (where appropriate) Approved By:

 

 

For Action By:

 

For Information to:

 

Approval requested to upload on Meadow High School Website:

 

 

Date of Policy Equality Impact Assessment:

 

 

Impact Assessment was carried out by:

 

 


 

School anti bullying policy

 

Aim

This policy aims to ensure every person in the school feels safe and is treated with respect.  Race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and personal characteristics, disability and special needs have all given rise to bullying.  Difference and diversity is part of life and is valued within this school.  Prejudice, discrimination and unkind teasing on such matter are unacceptable. This Policy will:

•Promote the value that every person is to be cared for in our school

•Promote action in the face of injustice

•Discourage anti-social behaviour like name calling/taunting/physical and emotional abuse.

 

Statement of Policy

We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our pupils so that they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.  Bullying of any kind is unacceptable.  If bullying does occur, pupils need to be confident to tell staff about the bullying and know that it will be acted on promptly and effectively.

We are committed to support the whole school approach to reducing bullying; we all have rights and responsibilities within this framework.

We will provide opportunities for children to learn how to express their feeling and concerns i.e. in circle time, PSHE, tutorial groups, creative work.

We will actively promote supporting other when they are upset or in distress in our school ethos, through assemblies, discussion, access to appropriate adult support.

We will ask children to report all serious incidents of, poor behaviour, bullying and interpersonal difficulties which they experience directly or which they witness.  Reducing bullying is everyone’s responsibility.

 

A definition of bullying

Bullying can take many forms and these include:

•Physical – hitting, kicking, pushing

•Verbal – insults, name calling, gossip

•Indirect – excluding someone from the group, intimidating gestures, interfering with their belongings, and graffiti about someone.

•Electronic – texting/e-mailing, MSM

 

Bullying is different from arguments or fights between peers because it is usually:

•Persistent, repeated over weeks or months

•Deliberately intended to cause distress

•Involves a difference of power and status so the person feels  unable to defend themselves.

•It can involve a group but it is often one to one.

 

 

Procedures outlining the process of what should happen.

 

The procedure for responding to a bullying incident:

In the event of bullying the school has the following procedures:

 

All Adults in school

 

Respond to the child who is bullied, hurt or upset by:

•Actively listening to their concerns

•Offering support and strategies to deal with unwanted behaviours

•Protecting the child and ensuring their safety as and when necessary

The Learning Support Officer or Teaching Assistant may investigate in the first instance.  Advice will then be sought from the Senior Management Team.

 

Respond to the young person who acted in a bullying way by:

•Ensuring that he/she recognises his/her behaviour and how it affects others.

•Guiding, supporting, advising and offering strategies to change behaviour. 

•Insisting that full responsibility is taken for wrong actions and helping them to actively make amends.

 

Record

In oral, written or picture form, the situation from

•Children involved

•Staff involved

 

Appropriate Adult will organise discussions with those involved. All incidents will be reported to Parents/Carers.

Respond to the situation and prevent other situations by providing a foundation for children to explore issues through the curriculum.

 

They will review the situation with           Children involved

Parents/Carers and others where appropriate

 

Type of actions taken:

•Support systems set up with peers

•Group work on problem solving with all involved

•Counseling

•Class activities of work to ensure everyone knows what is expected

•Group work activity to improve the ability to relate to others

•Work on empathy with the child who bullies, possibly in context of  the whole class group

•Work on assertiveness and relationships education with children who are bullied

•If it persists disciplinary action e.g. detention, withdrawal of privileges etc. will be taken.

 

Role of Senior Management

•Incident kept under review for improvement.

•If behaviour continues referred to senior manager, involving parents/carers and external agencies when necessary.

•Repeated incidents will result in some sanctions as for any other poor behaviour and if referred to Head teacher could eventually result in exclusion.

 

Parents

We ask all parents and staff to support our policy. If you are concerned about any child you are asked to speak to the Form Tutor in the first instance.  The details of your visit and the agreed action will be logged.  All incidents of bullying are monitored by appropriate members of staff according to Behaviour Policy.

 

Bullying outside school

While the school will make every effort to deal with bullying on the school premises and prevent bullying outside the school gates, we recognize that we can not be held directly responsible for bullying that takes place off site, by pupils of this school, or by pupils in other schools or on pupil’s journeys to school.  At our school we encourage children to tell us about incidents that happen inside and outside of school so that we can:

 

•Raise concerns and take steps as appropriate; for example alert the     police to trouble spots and work in partnership with them by sharing       information about bullying, perpetrators and gangs.

•Talk to and alert colleagues in another school whose pupils are       involved in bullying incidents off school premises;

•Offer strategies to handle bullying on or off school premises.

 

We do however take all matters of bullying seriously and the school will pass on any out of school concerns to our safer schools officer. Parents /carers should ring the school with any concerns

 

Monitoring and review

We will review the anti bullying policies annually, alongside the annual review of behaviour policy which includes review of school rules and class codes of conduct.  Policy issues are discussed in school and class councils.