Anti-Bullying

Anti-Bullying Statement

When children come to school, it is vital that parents and teachers work in partnership so that the child knows we are all working together.  Most children respond to a clear disciplinary code; if they don't, then there is usually a root cause that needs to be addressed.  If we thought a child was going through a "bad patch" we would invite parents into school to discuss and address those issues.  Without discipline, learning cannot effectively take place.  If the school has high expectations of children’s behaviour, then children themselves will meet those expectations.  
 
Realistically, almost all children display some level of misbehaviour at sometime during their school career.  The class teachers deal with these and clearly agreed, appropriate sanctions are applied in line with the school’s behaviour policy.
 
Praise is always in evidence; when praise is due for effort, helpfulness, kindness and good behaviour, it is given. All staff endorse and implement a ‘Positive Behaviour Management’ approach, using strategies to develop positive attitudes and good behaviour.
We all need praise/ encouragement to raise our self-esteem and motivation - if we feel good about ourselves, then we perform better.
 
If, on occasion, children display behaviour that is unacceptable, we also address this immediately through the school’s behaviour policy. In extreme cases, a fixed term or permanent exclusion may be applied.
 
We will not tolerate physical aggression or violence, bullying, harassment (this includes racism), threatening behaviour, vandalism, offensive language, verbal abuse or rudeness to adults.
The school has an Anti-Bullying Policy which is implemented in conjunction with the school’s Behaviour Policy.
 
Sir Alexander Fleming is a school where mutual respect for all is explicit and practised.
 
Obviously, if an extremely serious offence takes place within school or on the playground, parents are informed immediately and requested to come into school to discuss the matter.
All incidents in school are thoroughly investigated and fully recorded.
 
We feel, as I am sure you do, that learning cannot take place without a strong but fair disciplinary code within the school.  We hope that as a child matures, the discipline imposed by the school becomes self-discipline, which should stay with the child for life.
 
The school needs your support and partnership (see Home/School agreement) in this venture, as it is impossible to gain any improvement without your support.
If you are ever concerned about the way a situation has been handled in school, then please come in to see either the Class Teacher or myself.  We try very hard to be fair to all children but as people, we can all make mistakes; if this is the case, then we would try to put things right.
However, if we are concerned about the behaviour or attitudes of your child at a particular time, then we will not hesitate to contact you to discuss it.
We thank you for your support and co-operation.
 
At all times, the school places a strong emphasis upon developing a positive working partnership with all parents, promoting open communication and mutual respect for the roles we all play in the development of our children. As we encourage our children to demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour and attitudes, we fully expect that parents too will respect and share this same philosophy.
 
Revoking of Parental Licence
 
If any parent is verbally abusive, or overtly aggressive towards any member of staff, then the Headteacher has the right to restrict parental access. In extreme cases, the Headteacher can fully revoke the Parental Licence to enter the school premises, or even exclude parents until any issue, which has initiated this sanction is discussed and fully resolved.
Any such incidences are recorded, and Personnel from the LA are fully informed.
The incident may also be reported to the Police.
Incidences of this nature are rare but are viewed very seriously by both the school and the Local Authority
 
•Please note that, as with any complaint, parents are strongly encouraged to follow the correct Complaints Procedure outlined previously. 
 
Definition of Bullying
 
Bullying is deliberate harassment or a series of aggressive actions, which causes hurt to another: The hurt can either be physical or psychological; inflicted by one child or a group.
 
Bullying is a repeated action, not a "one off" occurrence. 
However, if one child is exhibiting bullying behaviour to several children, this obviously needs to be dealt with.
 
·      being hit, kicked, pinched, spat at or threatened
·      being called names
·      making a fool of someone- ( by repeatedly focusing on physical features/ colouring size/ weight)
·      teasing or sending nasty notes
·      spreading rumours and malicious gossip about someone
       (this includes use of mobile phones and social networks)
       deliberately destroying another child’s property
·      repeatedly excluding a child by not talking to them, or not letting them join in
·      locking someone in a room.
 
 
It is not bullying when 2 children of approximately the same age and strength have the occasional fight or quarrel.
 
Bullying can also include the following issues:
 
a) race/culture (e.g. African, Caribbean, Asian, mixed parentage, Gypsies, New Age Travellers)
b) class (wealth, poverty, speech, and clothing)
c) religion- religious beliefs, wearing of religious clothing and/or jewellery
d) disability- any physical disability, extremes of height and weight
e) low/high academic achievement
 
All pupils have the right to be taught in a safe, caring atmosphere
 
Bullying, both verbal and physical, will not be tolerated in this school.  It is everyone’s responsibility to prevent it happening and, with this in mind, the Governors have laid down the following guidelines:-
 
·      to ensure pupils know what is meant by bullying
·      to prevent bullying happening in school
·      to deal with bullying swiftly when it occurs
·      to encourage parents to work in partnership with the school on this issue.
 
Guidelines/rules
 
Pupils will be taught through Assemblies, Circle Times and Social Moral Spiritual Cultural themes.
 
Bullying is unacceptable inside or outside school and that they must not suffer in silence.
 
The school treats bullying seriously and will investigate it thoroughly, whether it is a minor or serious incident. (All incidents are recorded).
 
Pupils are urged to tell a teacher or lunchtime supervisor when an incident occurs.  The teacher will deal with the situation in the first instance but will send the child who is being bullied to the Headteacher.
In her absence, the child should be sent to a senior member of staff who will also deal with it sympathetically.  When senior staff deal with these incidents, it indicates to children and parents that we take bullying very seriously indeed.
All reported incidents are recorded
 
At lunchtime when supervisors are on duty, they should report any incidents or concerns to the Headteacher or the senior members of staff.
 
All cases of bullying will be seen as a breach of the school’s code of Behaviour.
 
Pupils, parents and staff will be informed of the school’s approach to bullying, and this document will be given to parents and children from their first entry into school.
 
There are a range of sanctions available to the Headteacher depending on the perceived seriousness of the situation.  Some of these include:-
 
a) Discussion with parents/children about the problem and close monitoring to prevent a recurrence in school
b) Withdrawal of school privileges ie: playtimes, school clubs, and special events
c)  Lunchtime exclusions
d) Fixed term exclusions, or in extreme circumstances, a permanent exclusion will be  considered.
 
The school will:
a) Help to provide appropriate support to those who have been bullied
b) Work with the “bullies” to change their behaviour, possibly enlisting the help of specialists such as Educational Psychologists or Child and Family Services.
c) Record incidents of bullying and dates when they occur so that behaviour can be closely monitored.
 
An anti-bullying policy helps to create a positive and caring ethos where individuals are respected and feel secure in a way which enhances their social and academic development.
 
Extent of bullying
 
The overall incidences of bullying gets less as the children get older - the highest incidence is when children transfer to Secondary Schools from Primary Schools.
 
However, if bullying takes place when children are older, it can potentially, be very serious.

Who are the bullies?

Both boys and girls, but most common are individual boys or gangs of boys.
Girls are usually in a gang, and they tend to be verbal and much more secretive - rumours, silence campaigns, isolation (more difficult to detect).
 
Where do most Bullying incidences occur in a Primary School?
 
At primary school, bullying tends to happen at break times on the playground, but can also happen in the classroom.
 
Who are the victims?

Any child can be bullied; however, there are certain high risk factors: -
 
·      lacking close friends in school, or one special friend
·      being timid and shy and perceived as always ‘telling tales’
·      coming from an over-protective family environment
·      being from a different racial or ethnic group to the majority
·      being different in some obvious way from the majority:- i.e. hair colour or extreme hairstyle / wearing   glasses, being overweight, having a physical disability
·      having special educational needs:- i.e. being less able or being very able, having a speech impediment
·      being a “provocative victim” - a child who behaves inappropriately with others, barging in on games, being a nuisance, behaving in an immature manner.
 
 None of these characteristics can excuse allowing any child to be bullied.
 
Parents who feel their child is being bullied should bring it to the attention of the Headteacher and staff immediately as it is impossible for the school to take action if they are not aware of incidents which may have occurred.
 
Information for pupils
 
When you are being bullied
 
·      Do not retaliate (don’t hit back, name call back, or lash out)
·      Be firm and clear - look them in the eye and tell them to stop (however difficult this may be)
·      Get away from the situation as quickly as possible after this
·      Immediately seek out an adult you trust in school and report what has happened.
 
After you have been bullied
 
·      Tell the Headteacher, a teacher, or another adult in your school
·      Tell your family
·      If you are scared to tell a teacher or an adult on your own, ask a friend to go with you
·      Keep on speaking up until someone listens
·      Don’t blame yourself for what has happened.
 
When you are talking about bullying with an adult, be clear about
 
·      what has happened to you
·      how often it has happened
·      who saw what was happening
·      where it happened
·      what you have done about it already.
 
If your child has been bullied (for parents)
 
·      calmly talk with your child about his/her experience
·      make a note of what your child says - particularly who was said to be involved; how often
       the bullying has occurred; where it happened and what has happened
·      reassure your child that he/she has done the right thing to tell you about the bullying
·      explain to your child that should any further incidents occur, he/she should report them
       immediately to a teacher or Headteacher
·      make an appointment to see the Headteacher
·      explain to the teacher or Headteacher the problems your child is experiencing.
 
 
Talking with teachers about bullying
 
·      try and stay calm - bear in mind that the teacher and/or the Headteacher may have no idea that
       your child is being bullied or may have heard conflicting accounts of an incident
·      be as specific as possible about what your child says has happened - give dates, places and
       names of other children involved
·      make a note of what action the school intends to take
·      ask if there is anything you can do to help your child or the school
·      stay in touch with the school; let them know if things improve as well as if problems continue.
 
If you are not satisfied:
 
Families who genuinely feel that the school is not addressing their concerns appropriately might like to consider the following steps: -
 
·      make another appointment to discuss the matter with the Headteacher, keep a record of the
       meeting
·      if this does not help, write to the Chair of Governors explaining your concerns.
 
 
-----------------------Tear off slip to be returned to school when child is admitted-------------------
 
 
 
I/we being the parents of .............................................................................................
 
sign to record that we have read this document and agree to the suggestions and conditions in this Anti-bullying Policy for Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School.
 
 
Signed .............................................................Parent/Guardian
 
 
 
Dated …………………………………………