Definition of bullying
Bullying is “Behaviour by an individual or a group, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual either physically or emotionally”.
Bullying can include: name calling, taunting, mocking, making offensive comments,; kicking; hitting; taking belongings; inappropriate text messaging and electronic messaging (including through web-sites, Social Networking sites and Instant Messenger); sending offensive or degrading images by phone or via the internet; producing offensive graffiti; gossiping; excluding people from groups and spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours.
Forms of bullying covered by this Policy
Bullying can happen to anyone. This policy covers all types of bullying including:
Bullying related to race, religion or culture.
Bullying related to special educational needs.
Bullying related to appearance or health conditions.
Bullying related to sexual orientation.
Bullying of young carers or looked after children or otherwise related to home circumstances.
Sexist or sexual bullying.
STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLE
In Pensby Primary school bullying and any other forms of intimidation will not be tolerated. The school community will treat each other with kindness and respect and all will care well for each other. All community members will come to school without fear and will be safe in school. Everyone will be vigilant and will intervene promptly to intervene if there are any signs or reports of bullying.
- To ensure that all feel safe and free from bullying and intimidation.
- To build an ethos where learners feel safe, free from threat and intimidation.
- To promote good relationships where all are treated well and where learners care for each other.
- To act promptly and effectively at the first sign of bullying.
- To encourage learners and parents to report any attempted bullying.
- To protect and reassure any victims of bullying.
- To have effective sanctions to deter bullying and to have successful strategies to reform bullies.
- To make this a happy school that is free from bullying.
- We will use our behaviour policy effectively to promote good behaviour so that there is an ethos where bullying is unacceptable.
- All will be expected to be vigilant and to intervene immediately and effectively if any bullying is observed or reported.
- Learners will be encouraged to report bullying and when they do so they will be listened to and taken seriously.
- Every allegation of bullying will be investigated and followed up.
- Any victim of bullying will be well-protected immediately and in the future.
- Any allegations of bullying will be reported to the headteacher.
- PSCHE and circle time will be used to discuss bullying and to ensure that all are aware that bullying is never acceptable and that the victim must always report it to parents, staff or friends.
- We will use the school’s discipline and rewards strategy to reinforce this anti-bullying policy.
- Learners and their parents will be made aware of this policy.
- The parents of all concerned will be informed and involved in any reported incident and will be expected to support this school policy.
This school will have a warm, friendly, welcoming and safe ethos. It will be a place where bullying is not tolerated and where all will treat others as they themselves would expect to be treated.