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1 THORP PRIMARY SCHOOL POLICY: ANTI BULLYING POLICY Date approved by Governors: Autumn Term 2014 Proposed date for review: 2016 Thorp Primary School Westerdale Drive Royton Oldham OL2 5TY Telephone

2 Thorp Primary School Anti-Bullying Policy Vision Statement Our vision for excellence at Thorp Primary School is a learning community, where everyone is excited, challenged and inspired to be a successful lifelong learner. At Thorp Primary School we aim to produce a secure, happy, safe and stimulating environment in which each child, with due regard to age, ability and aptitude, is encouraged to work towards his/her full potential. We also aim to provide an environment which offers equal opportunities for all. In furthering and developing the aims of the school we regard bullying as particularly serious and always take a firm action against it. We also positively encourage the children to work against it and to report any incidents of bullying. Statutory Duties The Education and Inspections Act 2006 places a duty on governing bodies to promote pupil well-being through; Positive physical and mental and emotional health Protection from harm and neglect Education, training and recreation Social and economic wellbeing Whilst the Equality Act 2010 requires schools to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination and advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations across all protected characteristics (sexuality; gender; gender identity; disability; race and ethnicity; faith and belief; age; pregnancy and maternity; and marriage and civil partnership) Aims and Objectives The aims and objectives of our Anti-Bullying Policy are to make explicit our obligations with regard to behaviour and our responsibilities in responding to bullying, including cyber bullying. We aim to achieve this by: Developing a school ethos in which bullying is unacceptable By providing a safe and secure environment where all children can prosper, develop and learn without concern or anxiety. By having a robust policy to deal with bullying and poor behaviour which is clear to pupils, parents and staff By having a policy which produces a consistent school response to any bullying incidents that may occur and ensures that any incidents are dealt with quickly and efficiently By ensuring we develop a school ethos and environment which prevents bullying from being a serious problem in the first place. What is bullying? Bullying is behaviour by an individual or a group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally. 2

3 Bullying can take many forms (for instance cyber-bullying via text messaging or the internet), but physical and emotional bullying is the most common form in primary schools. The Anti Bullying Alliance (ABA) defines bullying as the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person/group by another, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be carried out physically, verbally, emotionally or through cyberspace The key defining feature of bullying is that it is repetitive and is not a one off or isolated incident Bullying is often motivated by prejudice against an individual or a particular group, for example on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, welfare, class or disability or difference in any way. Bullying may be motivated by actual differences between children or perceived difference. It is the objective of Thorp Primary School to eliminate all forms of discrimination and advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations across all protected characteristics and groups thereby rendering bullying as obsolete. Cyberbullying Cyberbullying is the use of Information Communications Technology (ICT), particularly through mobile phones, tablets, social media and the internet to deliberately upset someone. Some features of cyberbullying are different from normal bullying and therefore require a different response. Cyberbullying can take place at any time and the audience can be very large and reached rapidly. Electronically forwarded content is difficult to control and can be sent anonymously therefore the scale and scope of cyberbullying can be significant. The best way to deal with cyberbullying is to prevent it happening. Pupils should be aware of the impact of cyberbullying and their responsibility to use ICT sensibly and safely. The reporting of instances of cyberbullying should be encouraged to ensure that children are well supported. At Thorp we promote the positive use of technology and computing to counter balance any negative outcomes due to misuse. At Thorp children are encouraged to use the internet but in a safe way (Responsible Use Policy). Parents are asked each year if they agree to their child using the internet. Pupils must never be left unattended whilst on-line and teachers and teaching assistants should ensure that this does not happen. Any misuse should be reported to the Headteacher. All staff undertake e-safety training. The use of mobile phones or mobile communication by pupils in school time is not permitted. Any cyberbullying that takes place off site between Thorp children will be managed as to such an extent as is reasonable with the full involvement of the parents and the children. 3

4 Bullying Incidents Incidents of bullying can include: Name calling Discriminatory and derogatory language (homophobic/racist language) Discriminatory behaviour (protected characteristic groups) Prejudiced based bullying (special educational need, sex, race, religion and belief, disability, sexual orientation or gender reassignment) Malicious gossip Damaging and stealing property Damaging school work or equipment Coercion into acts the child does not wish to do Violence and assault Pinching/kicking/pushing Jostling Teasing Intimidation (through self or others) Ostracism (from friendship groups/activities) Cyberbullying There are not necessarily obvious reasons for a child becoming a victim of bullying. Some children may be a victim once in their school career, whilst others may be more frequently victimised. Early signs of distress caused by bullying may include: Aggression Child appearing withdrawn Deterioration of work Poor academic performance / progress Lack of concentration/engagement and impact on learning learning Spurious illness Child suffering isolation Child s desire to remain with adults Erratic attendance General unhappiness/anxiety/fear Late arrival at school / absenteeism Bed wetting and other signs Strategies for Preventing Bullying At Thorp our most effective method in which to prevent bullying is the development of our positive school ethos of good behaviour where pupils treat one another and the school staff with respect because they know that is the right and expected way to behave. We consider that prevention is better than cure so we: Encourage the caring and nurturing side of all our children Have developed a caring and co-operative ethos 4

5 Promote friendship, tolerance and understanding Ensure adequate supervision in playgrounds and around school Positively encourage caring and discourage bullying Listen, respond promptly and follow up all reports of bullying Develop classroom strategies for dealing with bullying Use the curriculum to raise and improve children s self esteem Instruct our children on safe and responsible use of the internet and e-safety Participate in the national anti-bullying week activities (usually in the autumn term) Adopting an Anti-Bullying Charter for Action and promote the values throughout school Having a visible adult presence at all times within the school community which is modelled from the Senior Leadership team downwards Advance equality of opportunity, celebrate difference and foster good relationships across all protected characteristic groups Encourage a positive caring attitude within the school community, whereby academic achievement and positive behaviour at all levels is celebrated and valued. Dealing with Bullying At Thorp we regard bullying as particularly serious and always take a firm action against it. We also positively encourage the children to work against it and to report any incidents of bullying. There is no single solution to dealing with bullying which will suit every occasion or incident; however following investigation we apply disciplinary measures to all pupils who bully, in order to demonstrate clearly that their behaviour is wrong and unacceptable. Such disciplinary measures are in accordance with the requirements of our Behaviour Policy. The following measures ensure that as a school we work tirelessly to prevent bullying within our school community by: Involving pupils to ensure all children understand the schools approach and are clear about the part that they can play to prevent bullying and/or poor behaviour and ensuring that all children recognise good and expected behaviour both in school and at home. Involving parents to ensure they are clear that the school does not tolerate bullying and are aware of the procedures to follow if they believe that their child is being bullied. Ensuring that parents feel confident that the school will take any complaint about bullying seriously and respond to any behaviour complaints and/or concerns raised. Celebrating success at every opportunity so that positive behaviour is the norm and contributes towards creating a positive school ethos and environment Applying disciplinary measures to demonstrate that bullying and/or poor behaviour is not accepted and will be dealt with quickly, fairly and effectively. Measures to encourage good behaviour and to prevent all forms of bullying are included within the school s Behaviour Policy. Creating an inclusive environment whereby pupils feel safe and can openly discuss behaviour concerns without fear of further bullying, reprisals or discrimination. Making it easy to report bullying so that pupils are assured that they will be listened to and incidents acted upon, including incidents which occur outside school but involve Thorp pupils. Through the Curriculum whereby bullying issues are addressed through the curriculum and anti-bullying strategies are explored through a variety of activities. Children are taught about bullying and effective ways of dealing with it. Through the PHSE curriculum, 5

6 all children address and discuss issues around bullying and have the opportunities through SEAL (social, emotional aspects of learning) activities to discuss and practise ways of dealing with incidents should they arise. Ways of delivering these activities include the use of Circle Time, class discussion and role play. Discussing and celebrating difference and advancing equality of opportunity and fostering good relations across all protected characteristics and groups such as sexuality; gender; gender identity; disability; race and ethnicity; faith and belief; age; pregnancy and maternity; and marriage and civil partnership. We aim to ensure that children learn to celebrate diversity and understand that all forms of discriminatory, derogatory or prejudiced based language or actions are unacceptable in any shape or form. Providing staff training and resources to support all staff in the delivery of both curriculum based activities and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) themes associated with behaviour, difference and diversity. The knowledge and values that children are taught in lessons are reinforced throughout school to ensure that exemplary behaviour becomes the norm. Working with the wider community such as the Police, Local Authority, SEN Service and local church/voluntary/charitable organisations to ensure that good behaviour is celebrated and recognised as a necessary requirement to support a vibrant and successful community. Participating in activities such as national Anti-Bullying Week and ensuring that a range of curriculum and assembly based themes and activities permeate the school calendar year to ensure that the theme of positive behaviour is ever present and consistent. Related School Policies The Anti-Bullying Policy is one of the essential policies supporting safeguarding within school. It is recognised at Thorp that safeguarding covers more than the contribution made to child protection in relation to individual children. It also encompasses much wider issues such as pupil health and safety, bullying, the elimination of discriminatory and/or derogatory language, arrangements for meeting the medical needs of children, providing first aid, school security, drugs and substance misuse awareness, e-safety training and the promotion of positive behaviour and British values such as democracy, respect and tolerance. There may also be other safeguarding issues that are specific to the local area or population The following school policies are related to the Anti-Bullying Policy: Child Protection Policy Safeguarding Policy Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Policy Health and Safety Policy Behaviour Policy Safe Use of the Internet Policy Admissions Policy Medical Conditions Policy Single equality Policy 6

7 Monitoring and Review Arrangements The Governing Body has the responsibility of setting down the general guidelines and principles with regard to dealing and responding to bullying within school and of reviewing the effectiveness of the same. The Governing Body through the Headteacher monitors incidents of bullying that do occur and reviews the effectiveness of this policy. It is the responsibility of the Headteacher to implement the school Anti-Bullying Policy and to ensure that all staff are aware of the policy and know how to identify and deal with incidents of bullying. Similarly, it is the responsibility of the Headteacher to ensure that all children and parents know that bullying is unacceptable behaviour. Information in respect of behaviour management and bullying will be presented termly to the Governing Body as part of the Headteacher s report to Governors in order to monitor types, rates and patterns of negative behaviour including bullying, cyber bullying and harassment and prejudiced based intolerance related to special educational need, sex, race, religion and belief, disability, sexual orientation or gender re-assignment. School Community At Thorp Primary School we work hard to ensure that all our learners are safe and well supported and that bullying is neither acceptable nor inevitable in our school or our communities. This ethos underpins our vision for excellence at Thorp Primary School. This policy will be reviewed on a regular basis by staff and governors S.G.Bennett Headteacher (September 2014) 7

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