|Date Reviewed by Governors:||Autumn 2019|
|Date of next review:||Autumn 2021|
1. Addition of Peer-on-Peer abuse (p3)
ANTI-BULLYING POLICY & GUIDELINES
We believe that all pupils have the right to learn in a safe, caring environment without the fear of being bullied. Whilst recognising that all institutions, whether large or small, have the potential for some bullying behaviour, we feel that a clearly laid down system for discipline can minimise its occurrence. At Stoke Primary School we endeavour to promote good citizenship and make it clear that bullying is anti-social and contrary to our ethos. It is wrong and will not be tolerated.
We feel that it is important for pupils and parents / guardians to know that any bullying complaints will be dealt with firmly, fairly and promptly.
Bullying affects everyone, not just the bullies and the victims. It also affects those children who watch and less aggressive pupils may be drawn in by group pressure. Bullying rarely sorts itself out. It is clear that jokes, insults, written abuse, violence and threatening or intimidating behaviour are found in our society but we believe that no one person or group should have to accept this type of behaviour.
WHAT IS BULLYING?
Bullying can occur through several types of anti-social behaviour:
Objectives of this policy
All governors, teaching and non-teaching staff, pupils and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is and when it should be reported
Rather than telling an adult, children may indicate by signs and symptoms that they are the victims of bullying. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and should investigate if a child:
Child on Child
Child on child abuse can take various forms including:
These types of abuse rarely take place in isolation and often indicate wider safeguarding concerns.
These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility.
As a school we will use our PSHE scheme and Protective Behaviours to help pupils prevent bullying. This includes:
THE ROLE OF THE SCHOOL
We will endeavour to ensure that there is adequate supervision at all times. Aspects of bullying will be discussed along with the appropriate way of behaving towards each other during PSHE times. Any concerns will be dealt with quickly, fairly and firmly. Parents will be involved as and when necessary.
The school will continue to operate its behaviour policy. We will encourage pupils to discuss how they get on with other people and to form positive attitudes towards others. This includes discussion on what friendship really is. We will encourage pupils to treat everyone with respect.
We will treat bullying as a serious offence and take the opportunity to eradicate it from our school. We will continue to review this policy and its degree of success.
WHEN BULLYING IS SUSPECTED
If bullying is suspected or reported we will talk to the suspected victim, the suspected bully and any witnesses. If any degree of bullying is identified the following action will be taken:
We also discipline yet try to help the bully in the following ways:
The school may take the following disciplinary steps:
See also our Behaviour Policy.
WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOU ARE BEING BULLIED?
Remember that your silence is the bully’s greatest weapon.
IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE IS BEING BULLIED
AS A PARENT