Everyone at Holy Family has the right to feel welcome, secure and happy. Only if this is the case will all members of the school community be able to achieve and learn. Bullying prevents this happening and prevents equality of opportunity. It is everyone’s responsibility to prevent bullying and this policy contains guidelines to support this ethos.
Where bullying exists, the victim must feel confident to access the anti-bullying systems within the school to end the bullying. It is our aim to challenge attitudes about bullying behaviour, increase understanding for bullied pupils and build an anti-bullying ethos within the school.
This document outlines how we make this possible at our school.
Definitions of Bullying
Bullying is deliberately hurtful behaviour that is consistently repeated over a period of time (often by an individual or group) and can take various forms, for example: name-calling, violence, threatened violence, isolation, ridicule or indirect action such as spreading unpleasant stories about someone, including inappropriate use of the internet and/or mobile phones.
The school works hard to ensure that pupils know the difference between bullying and ‘falling out’ with others.
Actions to Tackle Bullying
We will be vigilant for signs of bullying and take reports of incidents seriously. We will use the curriculum and collective worship times to reinforce the ethos of the school and help pupils to develop strategies to combat bullying-type behaviour.
Pupils are told that they must report any incidence of bullying to an adult within school and that if they see bullying taking place it is their responsibility to report this to a member of staff.
All reported incidents of bullying will be investigated by a member of staff. A member of staff will be responsible for recording incidents reported to them by pupils and parents and will report them to the Headteacher.
If bullying includes racial abuse, this will be reported to the Headteacher who will record it in the Racial Incident records.
Upon discovery of an incident of bullying, we will discuss it with the children involved in a way that is appropriate to their age and level of understanding. Each of them will be given an opportunity to talk and the discussion will focus on finding a solution to the problem and stopping the bullying recurring. Children who bully others will be told clearly that the behaviour is unacceptable and has consequences. It will also be made clear to all parties that the situation will be monitored and it is their duty to inform us of any further incidents. Bullying can only be dealt with by engendering an open culture.
Pupils will be appropriately supported by a designated member of staff.
The school may contact outside agencies to provide support for children if a situation is ongoing.
Consequences for bullying are part of our behaviour policy and a persistent bully may be excluded from school.
We welcome parents informing us of incidents of bullying in school and ask that they emphasise to their children the difference between bullying and day to day disagreements. This will enable us to focus on real incidents of bullying.
All parties involved in a bullying incident will be informed about it and the action that has taken place. They will be asked to support strategies proposed to tackle the problem.
It is not appropriate for parents to approach another child or parent regarding an incident; the school will deal with any issues.