Statement of Intent
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 our School. If bullying does occur, pupils should be able to tell their teachers and know that any incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING SCHOOL. This means that everyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face-to-face or through cyberspace, and comes in many different forms. Bullying can be:
• Emotional - being unfriendly, excluding someone from discussions/activities with those they believe to be their friends, tormenting e.g. hiding books, ridiculing, humiliating, threatening gestures;
• Physical - pushing, kicking, hitting, punching, spitting or any use of violence;
• Racist - based on ethnicity, skin colour, language, religious or cultural practices.;
• Homophobic - Discrimination based on sexuality and/or gender identity;
• Verbal - name-calling, persistent teasing, mocking, sarcasm, spreading rumours, drawing attention to a physical or social disability, taunting, threats;
• Sexual - Unwelcome sexual advances or remarks that are intended to cause offence, humiliation or intimidation.
• Cyber - All areas of the internet, such as email and internet chat room misuse, mobile threats by text messaging and calls, misuse of associated technology, i.e. camera and video facilities
Why is it important to respond to Bullying?
Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Pupils who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving. Schools have a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to any issue of bullying.
Objectives of this Policy
- All teaching and non-teaching staff, pupils and parents/carers should have an understanding of what bullying is.
- All 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/carers should know what the School policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.
- At School, we take bullying seriously. Pupils and parents/carers should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.
- Bullying will not be tolerated.
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 know 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)
- Beginning 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 their 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 and 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.
At Chingford House School our aim is that for every child, whatever their background or their circumstances, we will provide the support they need to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution, achieve economic well-being.
All our pupils have the right to
- learn in a safe, well ordered caring community
- be valued as an individual regardless of race, religion, culture, disabilities or social background
- support and help from staff in the school
- say “no” firmly to anything they think is wrong
- know they can tell someone in confidence if they are being bullied or victimised or if they see fellow pupils being bullied or victimised
What you can do as a parent:
- Look for unusual behaviour in your children. For example, they may suddenly not wish to attend School/Nursery or they may regularly say that they feel ill.
- Always take an active role in your child's education. Enquire how their day has gone and who they have spent their time with.
- If your child encounters any problems inform the Manager IMMEDIATELY. Your complaint will always be taken seriously.
If any degree of bullying is identified we will provide help and support as appropriate for both the victims and the bullies.
The victim will be offered an immediate opportunity to talk about the experience with his/her Key teacher, or another teacher if they choose.
- Report bullying incidents to all members of staff
- In cases of serious bullying the incident will be recorded by staff
- In serious cases parents/carers should be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem
- If necessary and appropriate the police will be consulted
- The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly
- An attempt will be made to help the bully ( bullies) change their behaviour
- The bully (bullies) may be asked to genuinely apologise. Other consequences may take place.
- In serious cases, suspension or even exclusion will be considered
- If possible, the pupils will be reconciled
- After the incident/incidents have been investigated and dealt with each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place.
We will use KIDSCAPE methods for helping children to prevent bullying. As and when appropriate, these may include:
- writing a set of school rules together with all the children;
- signing a behaviour contract;
- writing stories or poems or drawing pictures about bullying;
- reading stories about bullying or providing the opportunity for the children to read relevant stories to a class or assembly;
- make up role-plays (or use KIDSCAPE role-plays);
- having discussions about bullying and why it matters.
Yolande Farrell, Manager
Policy adopted on October 13th 2015
Policy reviewed on November 19th 2018