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St Anne's Infants' School

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Reach for the Stars

Anti-bullying Policy

 

RATIONALE

Everyone at St Anne’s Infants' School has the right to feel welcome, secure happy and safe. Our school is committed to actively working to prevent all forms of bullying and ensuring all members of the school community achieve their maximum potential.

 

AIMS

  1. To ensure that all people (children and adults) in the school community are able to work in a safe, secure environment where everyone is treated with kindness and respect.
  2. To clarify for all members of the school community that bullying is not acceptable and must be totally discouraged. Everyone must act in a positive way to ensure that bullying is challenged and reported.
  3. To ensure that all pupils, parents, staff, governors and others are aware of this policy and know that appropriate action will be taken.

 

WHAT IS BULLYING?

Children across the school were asked to define bullying. Here are their thoughts:

“When people pull your hair or hurt you loads of times”

“Threatening people so saying if you go and tell I will hurt you”

“Saying mean things to people maybe about how they look – it makes you sad”

 

Bullying is repeated behaviour of one or more children which makes other people feel uncomfortable or threatened. We talk to the children about it being behaviour that is 'several times on purpose' and use the acronym STOP. Bullying is about power. Victims feel powerless to stop it. Others, such as parents for instance, may feel powerless to know how to help.

 

Bullying can take many forms, but may be:

  1. Physical e.g. hitting, kicking, taking or hiding belongings.
  2. Verbal e.g. name calling, teasing, insulting , unkind or offensive remarks (including comments about someone’s appearance)
  3. Emotional e.g. spreading rumours, excluding from groups, tormenting, staring.
  4. Cyber e.g. bullying via the internet or text messages

 

Any of these may also have contexts which discriminate in relation to race, sex, sexual orientation, special educational need or disability. (See equalities policy)

 

SIGNS OF BULLYING:

Pupils maybe reluctant to tell anyone they are being bullied, but often there are signs that we can look for:

 

  • Obvious distress, such as tearfulness or persistently looking unhappy
  • Unwillingness to come to school
  • Frequent headaches, stomach aches or complaints of feeling unwell
  • Isolation from other children/not “joining in”
  • A sudden deterioration in the standard of work
  • Reluctance to leave the classroom at the end of the day
  • A tendency to stay close to staff during breaks
  • Uncharacteristic behaviour
  • General unhappiness/anxiety/fear
  • Speaking negatively about, or behaving negatively towards themselves

 

ACTIONS TO TACKLE BULLYING

What the children say:

  • We first of all say “stop I don’t like it.” The next thing if they don’t stop is to say “I’m telling” then if they still don’t stop we tell a grown up.

 

At St Anne’s Infants’ we are vigilant for signs of bullying and always take reports of incidents seriously.

 

All reported incidents of bullying will be:

  • Recorded on a bullying incident form. A member of staff, parent/ carer or child can complete an incident form and pass it to a member of the Safeguarding Team.
  • Investigated and taken seriously by staff members.
  • Effectively monitored on a regular basis – all incidents and actions are logged.

 

The exact course of action will vary with each situation, but the main objectives will be:

  • The bully’s behaviour is unacceptable and the bullying must stop.
  • If a child feels they are being bullied they can talk to their class teacher or another adult they feel comfortable with.
  • The school will work with parents of both the victim and the bully.
  • Support will be available for the victim.
  • The application of sanctions will depend on the individual circumstances of each incident.
  • The school will work with the bully and their family to identify any possible reasons for their behaviour.
  • Support will be available for the bully to help change his/her behaviour.
  • The parents of bullies and their victims will be informed of an incident and the action that has taken place and asked to support strategies proposed to tackle the problem.
  • Any child who needs support with social and friendship skills will be offered help and support in order to learn appropriate social interaction

 

WHOLE SCHOOL ETHOS

Our school values, school rules and playground rules reinforce the positive ethos of the school. In addition and to help pupils to develop strategies to combat bullying-type behaviour we also:

 

  • Prevent and raise awareness of bullying through the curriculum: through PSHE lessons, assemblies and support from playground leaders. The school follows a scheme of work called Jigsaw which aims to support children to develop the personal and social skills of self-awareness, managing their feelings, empathy and social skills. Every school year we have a week with an anti- bullying focus as part of the curriculum. We believe that this approach will better equip the children to express and understand emotions thereby supporting them to resist attempts at bullying and reduce conflict between children overall.
  • Ensure effective supervision of all areas at break times and lunchtimes.
  • Provide a stimulating environment and constructive play opportunities inside and outside as a preventative measure.
  • Provide worry boxes in both school halls.
  • Ensure computing lessons contain information on online safety to ensure children remain safe and responsible when working online.
  • Create individual class charters at the beginning of each academic year 

 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Members of staff

All members of staff take any form of bullying seriously and take prompt and effective action. All incidents of bullying will be handled in a confidential manner.

Teachers support all children in their class and create a climate of trust and respect for all.

 

Children

Children are taught how to deal with inappropriate behaviour for example by supporting the victim and telling an adult. Children are taught that by being a bystander they may be contributing to the bullying. Children are taught about the importance of telling and sharing concerns either directly to an adult they feel comfortable with or through circle time as part of PSHE sessions.

 

Parents/carers

Parents who are concerned that their child might be being bullied should:

  • Speak initially to the child’s class teacher
  • Speak with a member of the Safeguarding Team if the bullying carries on
  • Share concerns with school staff rather than discuss it with another child’s parents especially if their child might be involved
  • Parents/carers should support the school’s anti-bullying policy and do all they can to actively encourage their child to be a positive member of the school community.

 

Head Teacher

  • Ensure all school staff pupils and parents/carers are made aware of the anti bullying policy
  • Foster an ethos that ensures pupils feel safe and confident that if they report an incident to an adult, it will not be ignored.

 

MONITORING AND EVALUATION

The policy and procedures will be monitored and the effectiveness will be evaluated in the light of:

  • Numbers of pupils being bullied.
  • Staff vigilance and response to bullying behaviour.
  • Numbers of pupils and parents feeling secure about the school’s response to bullying.

 

Data will be gathered through the anti-bullying log as well as parent and pupil surveys.

 

This policy has links with other school policies:

 

  • PSHE
  • Confidentiality
  • Equalities Plan
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • Positive Relationships and Behaviour
  • Attendance

 

This policy was written taking into consideration “Anti-bullying guidance” published by Bristol City the views of staff and Governors in the behaviour steering group.

 

Child friendly anti-bullying policy

If you believe that someone at St Anne's Infants' School is being bullied, please complete the form below and return to a member of the safeguarding team.
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