1 Introduction
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It is a Government requirement that all schools have an Anti-Bullying Policy. DfES guidance defines bullying as actions that are meant to be hurtful, and which happen on a regular basis. Bullying can be direct (either physical or verbal) or indirect (for example, being ignored or not spoken to).

2 Aims and Objectives
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We are a TELLING school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff.

What Is Bullying?

Bullying is the use of persistent, repeated, unprovoked and targeted aggression with the intention of hurting another person rather than a single incident. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim. An isolated incident is dealt with using the School’s Behaviour Policy.

Bullying can be:

  • Emotional – being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. threatening gestures)
  • Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence
  • Racist – racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
  • Sexual – unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
  • Homophobic – focussing on the issue of sexuality
  • Verbal name-calling – sarcasm, spreading rumours
  • Cyber – all areas of internet, such as email & internet chat room misuse, mobile threats by text messaging & calls; misuse of associated technology, i.e. camera & video facilities.

Why is it Important to Respond to Bullying?

Bullying hurts and 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.

Schools have a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.

Objectives of this Policy

All governors, teaching and non-teaching staff, pupils and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is.

All governors and teaching and non-teaching staff should know what the school policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported.

All pupils and parents should know what the school policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.

As a school we take bullying seriously. Pupils and parents should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.

Bullying will not be tolerated.

At High Beech C of E Primary School we believe that good behaviour and discipline are essential.

Our aim is to give children a clear and acceptable view of what is right and wrong. To do this we will promote the values that matter. These include honesty, trust, fairness, respect for others, for property and the environment, tolerance and compassion as well as self-respect and self-discipline.

2.1
Bullying is wrong and damages individual children.  We therefore do all we can to prevent it, by developing a school ethos in which bullying is regarded as unacceptable.
2.2
We aim, as a school, to produce a safe and secure environment where all can learn without anxiety, and measures are in place to reduce the likelihood of bullying.
2.3
This policy aims to produce a consistent school response to any bullying incidents that may occur.
2.4
We aim to make all those connected with the school aware of our opposition to bullying, and we make clear each person’s responsibilities with regard to the eradication of bullying in our school.
3 The role of governors
3.1
The governing body supports the headteacher in all attempts to eliminate bullying from our school.  The governing body will not condone any bullying at all in our school, and any incidents of bullying that do occur will be taken very seriously, and dealt with appropriately.
3.2
The governing body monitors incidents of bullying that do occur, and reviews the effectiveness of this policy regularly. The governors require the headteacher to keep accurate records of all serious incidents of bullying, and to report to the governors on request about the effectiveness of school anti-bullying strategies.
3.3
A parent who is dissatisfied with the way the school has dealt with a bullying incident can ask the chair of governors to look into the matter. The governing body responds within ten days to any request from a parent to investigate incidents of bullying. In all cases the governing body notifies the headteacher, and asks him/her to conduct an investigation into the case, and to report back to a representative of the governing body.
4 The role of the headteacher
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It is the responsibility of the headteacher to implement the school’s anti-bullying strategy, and to ensure that all staff (both teaching and non-teaching) are aware of the school policy, and know how to identify and deal with incidents of bullying. The headteacher reports to the governing body about the effectiveness of the anti-bullying policy on request.
4.2
The headteacher ensures that all children know that bullying is wrong, and that it is unacceptable behaviour in this school. The headteacher draws the attention of children to this fact at suitable moments. For example, if an incident occurs, the headteacher may decide to use an assembly as the forum in which to discuss with other children why this behaviour was wrong.
4.3
The headteacher ensures that all staff, including lunchtime staff are equipped to identify and deal with all incidents of bullying.
4.4
The headteacher sets the school climate of mutual support and praise for success, so making bullying less likely. When children feel they are important and belong to a friendly and welcoming school, bullying is far less likely to be part of their behaviour.
5 The role of the teacher and support staff
5.1
All the staff in our school take all forms of bullying seriously, and seek to prevent it from taking place.
5.2
Teachers keep their own records of all incidents that happen in their class, and that they are aware of in the school that involve their pupils. If teachers witness an act of bullying, they will either investigate it themselves or refer it to the headteacher. Teachers and support staff do all they can to support the child who is being bullied. The school has a specific form to identify the issues involved in the bullying and to draw up an action plan. If a child is being bullied over a period of time, then, after consultation with the headteacher, the teacher informs the child’s parents.
5.3
When any bullying is taking place between members of a class, the teacher will deal with the issue immediately. This may involve mentoring and support for the victim of the bullying, and consequences for the child who has carried out the bullying. Time is spent talking to the child who has bullied: explaining why his/her action was wrong, and that child is encouraged to change his/her behaviour in future (See Behaviour Policy Appendix A). Procedures are used to keep the child who has been bullied away from the bully and appropriate boundaries are set. If a child is involved in bullying, the headteacher is informed and the special needs coordinator. The child’s parents are then invited into the school to discuss the situation.
5.4
Teachers use a range of methods to help prevent bullying and to establish a climate of trust and respect for all. They use drama, role-play, stories etc., within the formal curriculum, to help pupils understand the feelings of bullied children, and to practise the restraint required to avoid lapsing into bullying behaviour. Circle time is used to praise, reward and celebrate the success of all children, and thus to help create a positive atmosphere.
5.5
All records are shared with the Head teacher.  Both the records kept by class teachers and the records kept by Support Staff are handed to the Head teacher at least weekly in order that a full picture of incidents can be kept.  Serious incidents MUST be reported immediately and the Head teacher, in consultation with others, will decide upon further action.
6 The role of parents
6.1
Parents who are concerned that their child is being bullied, or, who suspect that their child may be the perpetrator of bullying, should contact their child’s class teacher immediately. If they are not satisfied with the response, they should contact the headteacher. If they remain dissatisfied, they should follow the school’s complaints procedure.
6.2
Parents have a responsibility to support the school’s Anti-Bullying Policy, actively encouraging their child to be a positive member of the school.
7 The role of pupils
7.1
Pupils are encouraged to tell any member of staff if they are being bullied, and if the bullying continues, they must keep on telling.
Any pupil who witnesses bullying should take responsibility to tell a member of staff.
7.2
Pupils are invited to tell their views about a range of school issues, including bullying, in the annual pupil questionnaire.
7.3
High Beech School has an Anti-Bullying Code (Appendix A)
8 Monitoring and review
8.1
This policy is monitored on a day-to-day basis by the headteacher, who reports to governors on request about the effectiveness of the policy.
8.2
This anti-bullying policy is the governors’ responsibility, and they review its effectiveness annually. They do this by discussion with pupils, teachers, SENCO and the headteacher. Governors analyse information for patterns of people, places or groups. They look out in particular for racist bullying, or bullying directed at children with disabilities or special educational needs.
This policy will be reviewed annually
Appendix A