Anti-Bullying Policy

ST CLARE’S SCHOOL

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

2016-2018

The aim of the anti-bullying policy is to ensure that pupils learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without fear of being bullied.

Bullying is against the St Clare’s Code of Conduct and affects everyone. Bullying is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Bullying is defined as,

“Behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally

hurts another person or group either physically or emotionally”.

Bullying can happen in different ways.

Bullying may be motivated by prejudice against particular groups. Individuals or groups may be targeted based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation/identity. As in the adult world, we believe it is important to recognise the severity of “hate language” or discriminatory bullying.

We are also mindful and vigilant of how a young person is may be targeted because they are adopted, or because a child is “different” or perceived to be different by others. This includes disabled groups or specific conditions.

ANY incident of bullying is to be taken equally seriously.

Some people use technology to bully others. This is called cyber-bullying. We have a distinct policy for e-safety, but would record and report any issues in the same manner as non-cyber-bullying.

We encourage parents and carers to be vigilant in how their children use the internet. We would encourage parents/carers to regulate/ monitor any use of social media.

The three main types of bullying are;

  • Physical (hitting, kicking, theft)
  • Verbal (name calling, discriminatory or derogatory remarks)
  • Indirect (spreading rumours, excluding someone from social groups)

Pupils who are being bullied may show changes in behaviour, such as becoming shy and nervous, feigning illness, taking unusual absences or clinging to adults.  There may be evidence of changes in work patterns, lacking concentration or truanting from school.  All St Clare’s pupils are encouraged to report bullying or suspected bullying in school and are supported if they do so.

ALL staff within St Clare’s community must be alert to the signs of bullying and act promptly and firmly against it in accordance with the school code of conduct.

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.

Implementation

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 class tutor
  • a Senior Member of staff will interview all concerned and will record the incident
  • Form tutors have the initial pastoral responsibility and should inform parents/carers.
  • The senior leadership team will be aware of any issues and may take further actions as needed
  • A letter re the incidence of bullying should be send home and copied for the pupil’s record (see appendix 1)
  • Where the incident of bullying is specifically in regard to discriminatory behaviours, a letter is issued to highlight this specific type of unacceptable behaviour (see appendix 2). A copy is also retained for the pupil’s record.
  • Colin Marshall (Assistant Head) maintains a record of bullying issues and half–termly behaviour reports are issued to tutors.
  • Logical consequence, reparation/resolution and community service measures may be used as well as detentions in order to complete post incident learning.
  • Where bullying, is sustained despite early efforts, Senior Leaders may take further actions to ensure the welfare of others. This is in line with the behaviour and discipline policy.

Pupils

Pupils who have been bullied will be supported by:

  • offering an immediate opportunity to discuss the experience with a form tutor or other member of staff
  • reassuring the pupil and offering continuous support
  • restoring self-esteem and confidence
  • Sharing the incident with home to ensure they are away of the issue and reassure parent/carers that action is taken. We may follow up in writing .Pupils who have bullied will be helped by
  • discussing what happened using the Post Incident Learning format
  • informing parents or guardians to help change the behaviours of the pupil and reinforce the school stance on bullying
  • Interventions may be used where external issues are a factor

Within the curriculum the school will raise the awareness of the nature of bullying through inclusion in PSHE, form tutorial time, assemblies and subject areas, as appropriate.  All pupils sign up to the      St Clare’s Anti-Bullying Pledge which is renewed every year. We encourage celebration of diversity and equality as part of ours school ethos and challenge misconceptions and prejudices as part of our values education.

We ensure Anti-Bullying Week is recognised annually. Every member of the school community is expected to sign up to the anti-bullying pledge. This is prominently displayed in school.

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.

APPENDIX 1

Rough Heanor Road, Mickleover, Derby DE3 9AZ

Telephone: (01332) 511757 Fax: (01332) 519968

email: admin@stclares.derby.sch.uk

www.stclaresschool.co.uk

HEAD TEACHER: Megan Stratton

                                            

INCIDENT OF BULLYING

Dear

Our Home School Agreement states that students will “respect all members of the school community (adults and students)”. We make it very clear that any form of bullying is never acceptable at St Clare’s School.

I am disappointed to report that                 (Pupil)            has displayed bullying behaviours to classmate/peer/other. This has been reported by     (X)     and involves       (behaviours/type of bullying)       .

Our Home School agreement also states that parents promise “support the school’s policies and guidelines for uniform and behaviour”. May we please ask that you take the opportunity to reinforce the message of how very wrong this behaviour is and will not be accepted in school.

We are required by law to monitor these incidents.

Bullying is defined as “Behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another person or group either physically or emotionally”. It is clear to me that the behaviours are both intentional and hurtful.

Continuation of this will result in more serious consequences.

We strive for an environment where all pupils feel safe and happy. Whilst we fully expect that (his/her) inappropriate behaviour is not repeated, we also want to ensure you feel we are available to be contacted regarding this or any matter to support          (Pupil)                        in future.

Yours sincerely

Mr C Marshall (Assistant Head Teacher)

 

 

APPENDIX 2

 

Rough Heanor Road, Mickleover, Derby DE3 9AZ

Telephone: (01332) 511757 Fax: (01332) 519968

email: admin@stclares.derby.sch.uk

www.stclaresschool.co.uk

                                                               HEAD TEACHER: Megan Stratton

Date

                                    USE OF DISCRIMINATORY LANGUAGE

Dear

Our Home School Agreement states that students will “respect all members of the school community (adults and students)”. We make it very clear that any form of discriminatory or hate language is never acceptable at St Clare’s School. This includes any terms that we term as racist, homophobic, sexist or discriminatory to disabled groups of people.

I am disappointed to report that  (Pupil)                has used  (racist/homophobic/other)  language. This occurred on    (date)   and was directed towards     (staff or peers)                            .

 

Our Home School agreement also states that parents promise to “support the school’s policies and guidelines for uniform and behaviour”. May we please ask that you take the opportunity to reinforce the message of how very wrong this behaviour is and that it will not be accepted.

We are required by law to monitor these incidents. Continuation of using discriminatory language will be considered bullying. Bullying is defined as “Behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another person or group either physically or emotionally”.

We strive for an environment where pupils feel safe and happy and this includes championing diversity and equality. Whilst we fully expect that their inappropriate behaviour is not repeated, we also want to ensure you feel we are available to be contacted regarding this or any matter to support (Pupil)       in future.

Yours sincerely

 

Mr C Marshall (Assistant Head Teacher)