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 Westward School

 Anti-Bullying Policy

                                                  (To be read in conjunction with the Behaviour Policy)

  

This policy applies to the EYFS, the main school and out of school care facilities.

 

Objectives of this Policy

  • The Proprietors, all teaching and non-teaching staff, pupils and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is.
  • The Proprietors, all teaching and non-teaching staff, pupils and parents should know what the school policy is on bullying, the procedures to follow when bullying is reported and what steps they should take if they suspect bullying is taking place and the part they can play to prevent bullying, including when they find themselves as a bystander
  • As a school we take bullying extremely seriously. Pupils, parents and staff should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported
  • The Anti Bullying Policy is downloadable from the School's website and can also be found within the Staff Handbook.

 

Statement of Intent

Westward is committed to providing a caring, friendly, safe and healthy environment for all of our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. The ethos of our school fosters high expectations of outstanding behaviour and we will challenge any behaviour that falls below this.

 

All bullying, whatever the motivation or method is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Westward.  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 a member of staff.

 

All members of the Westward Community will work together to ensure that the Anti-Bullying policy is effective.

 

What Is Bullying?

The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical or emotional and may occur directly or through cyber technology.

 

Bullying at Westward is considered to be "unacceptable behaviour which occurs lots of times, on purpose"

 

Bullying can be:

* Physical - pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching, and any other forms of violence, threats

* Verbal - name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours

* Emotional - exclusion, isolation, tormenting, ridicule, humiliation

* Racist - racial taunts, graffiti, gestures

* Sexual - unwanted physical contact, verbal abuse

* Homophobic - physical or verbal abuse based on stereoptyping sexual orientation, whether or not the target is gay

* Cyber Bullying - using technology such as mobile phones, computers, laptops and tablets to bully-text, setting up abusive websites, posting photos, misusing social networking sites and sexting. (See Social Media Policy)

 

Bullying is often motivated by prejudice against particular groups, for example, on grounds of race, religion, culture, sex, gender, homophobia, special educational needs and disability, or because a child is adopted or is a carer.

 

At Westward we make sure that no member of our community is discriminated against under the Equality Act 2010 and all staff will act to prevent discrimination, harassment and victimisation.

 

Bullying can take place between pupils; between pupils and staff; by individuals or groups and can take place during the school day, in the classrooms, in the corridors or toilets, on the playground, out of school whilst on residential trips, on journeys to and from school, day visits, cyberspace, in group activities and between families in the local community.

 

Why is it Important to Respond to Bullying?

Bullying hurts and can lead to psychological damage. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying.  Everybody has the right to be treated with respect.  Pupils who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.

 

Bullying is never a good thing; it is always damaging, both for the bullies and their targets.

 

At Westward we aim through the support of the School's Behaviour Policy to create an ethos of good behaviour where pupils treat each other with respect because they know it is the right way to behave.

 

At Westward we respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.

 

Signs and Symptoms

A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied.

Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:

  • is frightened of walking to or from school
  • changes their usual routine
  • is unwilling to go to school (school phobic)
  • begins to truant
  • becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence
  • starts stammering
  • cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
  • feels ill in the morning
  • begins to do poorly in school work
  • comes home with clothes torn or books damaged
  • has possessions which are damaged or " go missing"
  • asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay bully)
  • has unexplained cuts or bruises
  • becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
  • is bullying other children or siblings
  • stops eating
  • is frightened to say what's wrong
  • gives improbable excuses for any of the above
  • is afraid to use the internet or mobile phone
  • is nervous & jumpy when a cyber message is received

 

These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated

 

Procedures

 

Pupils are encouraged to report bullying incidents to any member of staff as soon as possible.

 

incidents may include cyber-bullying and bullying outside of school.

 

Children are encouraged to feel comfortable to talk to any member of staff, teaching or non-teaching, and feel confident their “issue” will be treated fairly and in confidence. If they would prefer to write the incident down they may use any of the worry boxes which are located in every classroom and the school office. Each worry box has a pad of paper and pen close by.

 

All worry boxes are checked on a regular basis by staff members and then followed up as soon as possible. 

 

All reports of suspected bullying must be relayed to the head teacher so an investigation can take place.

 

Correspondence received from parents regarding concerns about bullying will be taken seriously and investigated as soon as possible by a member of the senior management team.

 

All staff will be made immediately aware of any particular situations.

Written accounts/feelings of the incident to be recorded by those involved and any witnesses.

Bullies and targeted children will be interviewed separately.

Witnesses will be interviewed.

Parents will be kept informed at all stages and support meetings held with all those involved.

 

Appropriate action will be decided on, depending on the outcome of the investigation such as;

* Obtain an apology from bully/bullies to those targeted

* Impose sanctions against bully/bullies following the School's Behaviour Policy.

* In cases of severe and persistent bullying exclusion may be considered.

* Inform bully/bullies' parents

* Put strategies in place to encourage bully/bullies to change his/her/their behaviour

* Put support strategies in place for targeted child. This may include providing a safe haven during school hours for the target or providing a support teacher.

* Hold a follow up meeting with target's family to report progress.

 

In some cases, outside agencies may be requested to support the school or family in dealing with bullying e.g. police, counsellor or social services.

 

Bullying incidents which include violence or assault, theft, harassment and intimidation over a period of time including calling someone names or threatening them, making abusive phonecalls, and sending abusive emails or text messages and anything involving hate crimes are illegal and will be reported to the police.

 

A bullying incident will be treated as a child protection concern when there is reason to believe that a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm.

In this instance the concern will be reported to Surrey children's social services following the procedures set out in the school's Safeguarding and Child Protection policy.

 

All bullying incidents will be kept on record in the behaviour file in the Headteacher's office.

Records help to evaluate the effectiveness of the school's Anti-Bullying policy and enables any patterns to be identified.

 

Prevention

We will use KIDSCAPE methods as part of our everyday teaching within the Westward Community to prevent bullying from taking place at Westward.

  • pupils are involved in writing the school rules and friendship code which makes up the school's behaviour policy
  • pupils discuss together and sign the Home School Agreement every term 
  • discussions during PSHE lessons (Refer to PSHE Scheme of Work including Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development), assemblies, stories, projects about bullying, including making sure pupils are clear about the part they can play to prevent bullying, including when they find themselves a bystander.
  • Involvement in annual Anti-Bullying Week 
  • pupils make up role-plays during drama sessions
  • holding termly e-safety assemblies and workshops for pupils, staff and parents
  • having discussions about bullying and why it matters
  • raising awareness of bullying through regular staff training
  • regular bullying surveys are formulated and completed throughout the school
  • ‘hot spots’ are identified and watched carefully

 

This policy was compiled using the DFE Guidance Preventing and Tackling Bullying (October 2014).

Agencies which offer support, information and advice

* Supportline : 01708 765200

* http://www.childline.org.uk

* http://www.kidscape.org.uk

* http://www.antibullying.net

* http://www.bullyfreezone.co.uk

 

Policy last revised:

April 2016

 

 

 

 

  

Last Updated on Friday, 08 April 2016 14:56
 
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