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Anti-bullying

Anti-bullying Policy

Our overall aim is to prevent or minimise any instances of bullying in Severn View Primary Academy

We recognise our responsibility to have procedures in place to deal with any incidents of bullying, however infrequent. We recognise that bullying can occur to any member of the school community, children and adults, and that it is our duty to ensure that all members feel safe and protected.

This policy also includes refers to cyber-bullying, where web or internet sites and facilities like Bebo and Facebook, are used to abuse or bully others. We will make clear to all pupils, their parents and staff that it is unlawful to disseminate defamatory information in any media including internet sites.

Teaching children about bullying and what to do if they feel bullied is part of our whole school CPSHE programme. This is now delivered using the SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning) and Cambridge resources.

We believe that bullying is unacceptable and every child and adult should be treated respectfully.

Definition of bullying

Bullying is a deliberate act which results from a conscious desire to hurt, threaten or frighten someone. It is an abuse of power and results in pain and distress to the victim, who has generally not provoked this behaviour. The bullying is usually a campaign against a child but sometimes there is just one incident.

It can be:

·         Physical, e.g. kicking, hitting, taking and damaging belongings

·          Verbal, e.g. name calling, taunting, threats, offensive remarks

·          Relational, e.g. spreading nasty stories, gossiping, excluding from social groups

·         Cyber, e.g. texts, e-mails, picture/video clip bullying, Instant Messaging (IM)

In accordance with our policies on CPSHE, Behaviour, Pastoral care and Equal opportunities, Severn View Primary Academy maintains a climate of openness and trust between all adult workers, teachers and children and sets curriculum time aside to look at in detail at bullying and the issues involved. Teaching takes part in CPSHE lessons and is planned using the SEAL and Cambridge resources.

Our key messages are:

Bullying is not tolerated

It’s not your fault if you are being bullied

Tackling bullying is everyone’s responsibility

It’s ok to tell

Guidance and procedures

Children will be listened to in an appropriate setting as a matter of entitlement and will:

  • Have their concerns addressed and taken seriously
  • Be told of any action taken

A child suspected of bullying will be:

  • Listened to in an appropriate setting
  • Presented with the established facts, following the investigation of any allegation
  • Helped to understand the seriousness and damaging consequences of their bullying behaviour and the reasons for any action taken

Parents can expect that:

  • Their children will be educated in a safe, secure and caring community
  • All reasonable steps will be taken to prevent bullying
  • Any incident or allegation of bullying will be investigated and dealt with promptly
  • The incident and action taken will be recorded

The school expects parents to:

  • Work with staff and governors regarding the key issues outlined
  • Follow the appropriate sanctions indicated by the teacher/head teacher
  • Help their child to make amends for their actions
  • Be open and honest with information sharing

 Dealing with incidents

Despite the measures that we take in school to discourage and prevent bullying, incidents may still happen. It is important therefore to have clear procedures in place to deal with them.

 School Procedures

·         A member of staff talks with the victim(s) in a suitable environment, gathers full details and reassures him/her.

During this time the bully/bullies and the bullied are kept apart for a calming period

·         A member of staff meets the bully/bullies  with a view to obtaining their co-operation.

·         A member of staff collects information from any other party who may have seen the incident.

·         Onlookers are asked to help in the future eg by telling a member of staff, or including children in their games rather than collude by standing by.

·         A member of staff discusses with the bully as to what would be an appropriate course of action. The bully should be given the opportunity to state what they should do to make up for the bullying.

·         Parents of both the victim and the bully are spoken to by a member of staff and informed of the incident, its consequences and any action taken, whether or not the incident has been resolved.

·         Monitor the sanctions imposed. If appropriate give praise for maturity and cooperation

·         Work with the victim to promote confidence and self esteem.

·         Work with the bully to support agreed behaviour change

·         Where a pupil is involved in bullying others outside school, e.g. in the street or through the use of the internet at home, parents will be asked to work with the school in addressing their child’s behaviour, for example restricting/monitoring their use of the internet or mobile phone.

Sanctions

Sanctions used in bullying incidents are consistent with our behaviour policy. If the child persists with unacceptable behaviour, playtimes will be forfeited and the child will be sent to a senior member of staff. Parents will be kept informed. The head teacher will deal with extreme cases.

If in-school sanctions fail and bullying continues, it may be necessary to exclude the bully for a fixed period. During this time the school will provide the bully with opportunities to understand their actions and make amends. The head teacher and other appropriate members of staff will be notified of all bullying incidents and will keep a record of them.

Monitoring and Review

This written policy was drawn up by the head teacher after consultation with staff, governors and Primary Behaviour Support team. It is formally reviewed and updated annually.