At Hillary Primary School we are committed to providing a warm, caring and safe environment for all our children so that they can learn and play in a relaxed and secure environment. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our school. We take all incidents of bullying seriously. Everybody within our school has the right to feel safe, valued, protected and to be treated with respect and pupils who are bullying others need to learn different ways of behaving.
At Hillary Primary School, we acknowledge that bullying may happen from time to. If bullying does occur, everyone should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively in accordance with our anti-bullying policy.
The aim of this policy is to try and prevent and deal with any behaviour deemed as bullying. The implementation of this policy will create an ethos where bullying is regarded as unacceptable so that a safe and secure environment is created in which everyone can learn and work. All members of the school have a responsibility to recognise bullying when it occurs and take appropriate action in accordance with the school policy. This will happen in the following ways:
Bullying and cyberbullying will not be tolerated. It is our responsibility to ensure that if it occurs any incident of bullying is dealt with in line with this policy.
Bullying is unacceptable behaviour used by an individual or group, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally.
Bullying can be short term or continuous over long periods of time.
Bullying can be:-
being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures), ridicule, humiliation
pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching, throwing stones, biting, hitting, punching or any use of violence, taking or hiding someone’s things
racial taunts, graffiti, gestures, making fun of culture and religion
unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive or sexist comments
because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality
name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, threats, teasing, making rude remarks, making fun of someone
sending offensive text messages/emails, internet chat, facebook misuse, misuse of associated technology ie. Camera and video facilities, iPad, games consoles
Any unfavourable or negative comments, gestures or actions made to someone relating to their disability or special educational needs
Children and adults from all backgrounds, cultures, races and sexes can be involved in bullying others.
It is important to understand that bullying is not the odd occasion of falling out with friends, name calling, arguments or when the occasional trick or joke is played on someone. It is bullying if it is done several times on purpose. Children sometimes fall out or say things because they are upset. When occasional problems of this kind arise it is not classed as bullying. It is an important part of children’s development to learn how to deal with friendship breakdowns, the odd name calling or childish prank. We all have to learn how to deal with these situations and develop social skills to repair relationships.
Bulling can take place in the classroom, in the corridor, in the toilets, in the dining hall, in the playground. Bullying may also happen on the journey to and from school and through social media. In such cases, the Head teacher is empowered by law to deal with such incidents but must do so in accordance with the school’s policy.
At Hillary Primary School, we are concerned with our children’s conduct and welfare outside as well as inside school and we will do what we can to address any bullying issues that occur off the school premises. The following steps may be taken:
A child may indicate, by different signs or behaviour, that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and investigate further if a child:
These signs and behaviours could indicate other social, emotional and/or mental health problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be taken seriously and investigated as soon as possible.
Wherever you are in school, you have the right to feel safe. Nobody has the right to make you feel unhappy. If someone is bullying you, it is important to remember that it is not your fault and there are people who can help you.
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Ignoring bullying is cowardly and unfair to the victim. Staying silent means the bully has won and gives them more power. There are ways you can help without putting yourself in danger.
Hillary Primary School is an inclusive school. We provide a secure, accepting, safe and stimulating environment where everyone is valued for who they are.
We have some children who have physical disabilities, and some who have learning disabilities and/or communication difficulties. Everyone involved in the school is very aware that these children can be especially vulnerable to bullying and we are therefore particularly vigilant at all times.
High attainers, gifted or talented pupils can also be affected by bullying. Staff will treat this type of bullying as seriously and in the same way as any other type of bullying.
All staff will respond calmly and consistently to all allegations and incidents of bullying at Hillary Primary School. They will be taken seriously by all staff and will be dealt with impartially and promptly. All those involved will have the opportunity to be heard. Staff will protect and support all children involved whilst allegations and incidents are investigated and resolved.
The following step-by-step procedure will be used for reporting and responding to bullying allegations or incidents:
Sanctions from the Behaviour Policy may be used:
Type and method of support will depend on individual needs, age and maturity of the child.
Parents have an important part to play in our anti-bullying policy. We ask parents to:
Whole school initiatives and proactive teaching strategies will be used throughout the school to develop a positive learning environment with the aim of reducing the opportunities for bullying to occur.
These will include:
This policy should be read in conjunction with:-
Hillary Primary School Safeguarding Policy
Hillary Primary School Behaviour Policy
Hillary Primary School Good to be Green Guidelines
Hillary Primary School Child Protection Policy
Hillary Primary School E-Safety Policy
Hillary Primary School SMSC Policy
Hillary Primary School Growing Up and Keeping Safe Policy
Hillary Primary School Equal Opportunities Policy
Hillary Primary School SEND and Inclusion Policy
Policy approved and adopted: July 2017
Review date by: July 2020