Anti-Bullying Policy

Statement

At Newham Bridge, key concepts of self-esteem and assertiveness are part of the ethos of the school and are taught throughout the curriculum. We aim to create a positive, caring atmosphere and the nurturing of quality relationships between children and adults is an important part of our daily work.

In drawing up a policy framework to deal with bullying, Bullying is defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves. The three main types of bullying are:

  • physical (hitting, kicking, theft)
  • verbal (name calling, racist remarks)
  • indirect (spreading rumours, excluding someone from social groups.)

It is part of a whole school approach to Child Protection. Positive relationships between children form an effective approach and the children need to be involved in supporting each other.

Schools’ teaching and ancillary staff must be alert to the signs of bullying and act promptly and firmly against it in accordance with school policy.

Statutory Duty of Schools

Head teachers have a legal duty under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 to draw up procedures to prevent bullying among pupils and to bring these procedures to the attention of staff, parents and pupils.

Aims

Bullying can never be tolerated. Children have the right to expect not to be bullied at school. We aim to ensure that we all care for each other, feeling secure and happy.

As a school we will take action when bullying arises and will try to make conditions such that bullying is less likely to happen.

Recognising Bullying

We must be aware on how to recognise bullying where it is occurring (home, school, and street)

If a child’s pattern of behaviour changes e.g. reluctance to come to school, sleep or appetite problem, immature behaviour, deterioration in concentration and performance, withdrawn, clingy etc. we could suspect bullying. A child sometimes confides in a friend, another relative or a friend’s parent and doesn’t always tell a teacher or their parents.

We would appreciate parents telling us about bullying and not assuming the school knows about it and has done nothing.

We hope that if any child was being bullied that they could tell someone knowing that their problem would not be ignored and help would be readily available.

Key Strategies to Enable Children and Adults to Deal Effectively with Bullying

  • Identifying and expressing feelings and emotions
  • Being sensitive to and respecting the rights, needs and wishes of others
  • Becoming aware of positive and negative relationships and issues of trust.
  • Developing skills of co-operation listening, sharing, negotiation and dealing with conflict.
  • Enhancing self-esteem and assertiveness.
  • Offering support to both victims and perpetrators – and parents of both.
  • Providing space and time for children (e.g. Circle Time) to explore why bullying occurs and to take positive steps to control it.

Implementation

  • Schools
    • The following steps may be taken when dealing with incidents:
      • If bullying is suspected or reported, the incident will be dealt with immediately by the member of staff who has been approached
      • A clear account of the incident will be recorded and given to the head teacher
      • The head teacher will interview all concerned and will record the incident
      • Parents will be kept informed
      • Punitive measures will be used as appropriate and in consultation will all parties concerned
  • Pupils
    • Pupils who have been bullied will be supported by:
      • offering an immediate opportunity to discuss the experience with a form tutor or member of staff of their choice
      • reassuring the pupil
      • offering continuous support
      • restoring self-esteem and confidence
    • Pupils who have bullied will be helped by:
      • discussing what happened
      • discovering why the pupil became involved
      • establishing the wrong doing and need to change
      • informing parents or guardians to help change the attitude of the pupil
    • The following disciplinary steps can be taken:
      • official warnings to cease offending
      • detention
      • exclusion from certain areas of school premises
      • minor fixed-term exclusion
      • major fixed-term exclusion
      • permanent exclusion
    • Within the curriculum the school will raise the awareness of the nature of bullying through inclusion in PSHE, assemblies and subject areas, as appropriate, in an attempt to eradicate such behaviour.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Review

The school will review this policy annually and assess its implementation and effectiveness. The policy will be promoted and implemented throughout the school.