At Beatrix Potter School, we aim:
- To provide a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere
- For all children to be treated fairly, with respect and dignity
- For pupils to tell someone if they feel unhappy
- For staff to listen carefully to what children have to say and to treat all children’s accounts with due seriousness
- We are a UN rights respecting school and follow several programmes that support our policies in class.
The nature of Bullying
There are many definitions of bullying, but it is generally accepted to be:
- Deliberately hurtful
- Repeated often over a period of time
- Difficult for victims to defend themselves against
Bullying can take different forms:
Verbal Bullying: name calling, use of threatening or provocative language, making offensive remarks.
Psychological Bullying: excluding an individual from group play, refusing to talk to someone, spreading rumours about someone.
Physical Bullying: hitting, kicking, grabbing an individual, taking or hiding another’s property.
Cyber Bullying: using the Internet or mobile phones to send hurtful or threatening messages.
Strategies in School to Prevent bullying Behaviour
- Regular discussion time and circle time where children can talk about their feelings and friendship issues.
- Using activities that raise confidence and self-esteem through role-play and games.
- Teaching children that they are responsible for their actions and to understand the consequences of their behaviour.
- Teaching children the following strategies to use if they encounter a bully:
- Remember that your silence is the bully’s greatest weapon
- Tell yourself that you do not deserve to be bullied and that it is wrong
- Be proud of who you are. It is good to be individual.
- Try not to show that you are upset. It is hard, but a bully thrives on someone’s fear.
- Stay with a group of friends/people. There is safety in numbers.
- Be assertive – shout “No!” Walk confidently away. Go straight to a teacher or member of staff.
- Fighting back may make things worse.
- Teachers will take you seriously and will deal with the bullies in a way which will end the bullying and will not make things worse for you.
- Encouraging children to support each other and let someone know if they feel another child is unhappy.
- Developing class and playtime rules with children and school council members so acceptable behaviour is promoted and sanctions for unacceptable behaviour are agreed and clear.
How the School Responds to Specific Allegations of Bullying
- Children know that they should report incidents to a member of staff or to tell a friend or a parent so that the situation can be dealt with.
- All allegations will be taken seriously and investigated fully by a teacher or senior teacher.
- The class teacher will discuss the problem with the parties involved to establish the situation and talk through any issues. All children will be encouraged to say how they feel and they will agree how they will behave in the future.
- Children doing the bullying will be punished so that everyone can understand that bullying is wrong but they will also be supported so that they can understand their feelings and change their behaviour.
- Both bullied and bullying parties will be informed that the situation is being monitored by the class teacher and staff concerned to ensure repeated bullying does not take place.
- Serious incidents will be recorded by class teachers and the Head teacher will be informed.
- In serious cases, parents will be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem.
- If there is no improvement or further bullying takes place, suspension or even exclusion will be considered by the Head teacher.
- When necessary, governors will be informed and the police might be consulted.
Role of Parents
Parental support is one of the keys to the success of our Anti Bullying Policy.
We aim to consult and communicate with parents on a regular basis.
What should Parents do if the feel their child is being bullied?
- Inform school immediately. Your complaint will be taken seriously and appropriate action will follow. The first point of contact is the class teacher.
- Reinforce the school’s policy concerning bullying and make sure your child is not afraid to ask for help
- Tell your child that it is not their fault that they are being bullied.
- If you believe a child has bullied your child, please do not approach that child in the playground or involve an older child to deal with the bully. Please inform school immediately.
- It is important that you advise your child not to fight back. It can make matters worse!
- If you know your child is involved in bullying, please discuss the issues with them and inform school. The matter will be dealt with appropriately.
To reinforce what we do our Anti Bullying Ambassadors, specially trained pupils have written two charters for classes.