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).
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.