Anti Bullying Policy Draft by liaoqinmei


									Anti – Bullying
Status: Statutory
We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so they can
learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at Acle High School. If
bullying does occur, all pupils should be able to tell someone in school and know that all incidents will be
dealt with promptly and effectively.
Bullying is:
‘Behaviour by an individual or group - usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another
individual or group either physically or emotionally. (DCSF, 2007)
Bullying can be:
    •   Emotional       being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, 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      because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality
    •   Verbal          name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
    •   Cyber           All areas of internet, such as email and internet chat room misuse
                        Mobile threats by text messaging and calls
                        Misuse of associated technology , i.e. camera &video facilities

Main Every Child Matters (ECM) outcomes: All
Who was consulted?
Staff, students, parents, governors
Relationship to other policies
This policy should be read in conjunction with the Behaviour, Equalities, Safeguarding and Child Protection ,
SEN, and PSHE policy (new in 2010) SEAL action plan.
Equalities and Disability Discrimination Act
Acle High School provides education for all, acknowledging that the society within which we live is enriched
by diversity. We strive to ensure that the ethos of the school reflects diversity of all members of the school
community, where everyone is equally valued and treats one another with respect and fairness. Students
are provided with the opportunity to experience, understand and celebrate diversity. (See the Equality,
Diversion and Cohesion Policy).
Student Outcomes for the Year 2010 – 2011
    •   Improved student attainment
    •   Increased attendance
    •   Promote equality and diversity
    •   Improved well – being of all members of the school community
Core principles
    •   Bullying will not be tolerated
    •   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
    •   To prevent, de-escalate and/or stop any continuation of harmful behaviour
    •   To react to bullying incidents in a reasonable, proportionate and consistent way
    •   To safeguard the pupil who has experienced bullying and to trigger sources of support for the pupil
    •   To apply disciplinary sanctions to the pupil causing the bullying and ensure that they learn from the
        experience, possibly through multi-agency support
Preventative strategies
    •   Effective school leadership that promotes an open and honest anti – bullying ethos
    •   Use of curriculum opportunities such as in PSHE, Citizenship and SEAL programme to discuss issues
        around anti-bullying
    •   Use of the school calendar to regularly raise awareness of the consequences of bullying. Eg Anti –
        bullying week in November
    •   Engage students with the process of developing the anti – bullying policy and promoting open and
        honest reporting
    •   To improve the school environment, including transport, to target key times and locations where
        pupils feel less safe
Signs and symptoms

A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these
possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:
    •   is frightened of walking to or from school
    •   doesn't want to go on the school / public bus
    •   begs to be driven to school
    •   changes their usual routine
    •   is unwilling to go to school (school phobic)
    •   begins to truant
    •   becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence
    •   starts stammering
    •   attempts or threatens suicide or runs away
    •   cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
    •   feels ill in the morning
    •   begins to do poorly in school work
    •   comes home with clothes torn or books damaged
    •   has possessions which are damaged or " go missing"
    •   asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay bully)
    •   has dinner or other monies continually "lost"
    •   has unexplained cuts or bruises
    •   comes home starving (money / lunch has been stolen)
    •   becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
    •   is bullying other children or siblings
    •   stops eating
    •   is frightened to say what's wrong
    •   gives improbable excuses for any of the above
    •   is afraid to use the internet or mobile phone
    •   is nervous & jumpy when a cyber message is received

These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility
and should be investigated.
    1. Report bullying incidents to staff.
    2. In cases of serious bullying, the incidents will be recorded by staff.
    3. In serious cases parents should be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss
       the problem.
    4. If necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted.
    5. The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly.
    6. An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour.

Roles and Responsibilities
Head Teacher
    • Ensure that the school Behaviour Policy encourages positive behaviour and states clearly that
        bullying will not be tolerated
    • Publicise anti-bullying issues at least once a year
    • Ensure maintenance of good order and discipline when students are on site or involved in an
        authorized school activity, whether on the school premises or elsewhere
    • To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the anti bullying measures in school

Lead Behaviour Professional
   • Oversee anti-bullying work within school, including curriculum opportunities, anti-bullying
       prevention and responses
   • Evaluate available data to inform policy development
   • To ensure that an audit of current anti-bullying practices and prevention strategies is carried out at
       least every 2 years

Care & Guidance team
    • Contact parents when bullying issues arise, whether the student is being bullied or is the bully
    • To apply a restorative justice approach
    • To maintain a record of incidents involving bullying

All School staff
     • Promote the message that bullying will not be tolerated in school and that no one deserves to be
     • Demonstrate that bullying will be taken seriously and dealt with effectively
     • To maintain school record of incidents involving bullying
     • To look out for signs of bullying and act accordingly if they suspect that bullying is taking place
     • To promote the general progress and well-being of the pupils assigned to them
     • To model positive relationships

   •     To provide opportunities for students to become peer mentors
   •     To develop best practice to prevent bullying
   •     Provide mediation services
   •     To provide a support system to prevent and respond to bullying
   •     Continue to monitor the well-being of students after the occurrence of a bullying issue
   •     Provide methods for pupils and parents to report bullying in confidence
   •     To record incidents of bullying
   •     To address school site issues and promote safe areas
   •     Provide CPD opportunities so that staff training reflects Anti Bullying Policy and current practice
   •     To use data systems to gather information to feedback on the success of Anti Bullying work
   •     To work with parents, other schools, Children’s services and community partners to promote safer
    • To know where and how bullying incidents can be reported
    • To feel confident that any such incidents are dealt with promptly and effectively
    • To report any incidents of bullying that they witness
    • To know that bullying should not be tolerated by anyone in school

    • Know that the school will not tolerate bullying
    • Know the procedures to use if they are worried that their child does not feel safe to learn
    • Have confidence that the school will take bullying seriously and that the school has a system to
        protect the child
    • Know how to complement the school on its Anti Bullying policy and procedures

Training opportunities are provided for all staff to develop awareness of issues around bullying and how it
should be appropriately dealt with. Part of the school induction allows Newly Qualified Teachers to develop
their skills and confidence when dealing with bullying issues.

Monitoring and Evaluation
We will monitor and evaluate our work by:
    •   Regular analysis of reported incidents of bullying information.
    •   Informal feedback from “Sanctuary” staff
    •   Feedback from students, staff and parents
    •   Annual review

Adopted by Governors: June 2010

Next Review : June 2013

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