At Dunham School we know how important it is to prevent bullying and to tackle all cases of bullying effectively. We want to be available to listen to parents when they have concerns so that we can work together to put an end to any bullying happening in school. We recognise that bullying does happen, and we are committed to finding ways to prevent bullying from happening in our school as much as possible, by giving children the skills to become resilient and to speak out.
Our school policy is below, but we are always in the process of consulting on a the policy, and if you are interested in adding your thoughts please contact the school.
Included in the policy are useful links to advice for parents.
Through Christian values we are a community who: LEARN TOGETHER; ACHIEVE TOGETHER
We aim to provide a safe, caring and friendly environment for learning for all our pupils to allow them to improve their life chances and help them maximise their potential.
We expect pupils to act safely and feel safe in school. We aim to educate them so that they understand the issues relating to all forms of bullying and that they feel confident to seek support from school should they feel they or others are unsafe.
We would also want parents to feel confident that their children are safe and cared for in school and incidents, when they do arise, are dealt with promptly and effectively.
The school is aware of its legal obligations, including the Equalities Act 2010, and understand our role within the local community, supporting parents and working with other agencies outside the school where appropriate.
This policy was formulated in consultation with the whole school community with input from
Members of staff- though regular agenda items at staff meetings, consultation documents and surveys
Governors – discussions at governing body meetings, and training
Parents/carers – parents will be encouraged to contribute by taking part in written consultations, and parent meetings, including consultation on a parents’ leaflet
Children and young people – pupils contribute to the development of the policy through the school council, circle time discussions etc. The school council will develop a Student friendly version to be displayed in each classroom.
This policy is available
Online at www.dunham-on-trent.notts.sch.uk
From the school office
Child friendly versions are on display, in welcome packs for new pupils
A shorter version is available for all parents.
The Head teacher – Has overall responsibility for the policy and its implementation and liaising with the governing body, parents/carers, LA and outside agencies and appointing an Anti-bullying coordinator who will have general responsibility for handling the implementation of this policy.
The Anti –bullying Coordinator in our school is: - Richard Smith
Their responsibilities are: -
Policy development and review involving pupils, staff, governors, parents/carers and relevant local agencies
Implementing the policy and monitoring and assessing its effectiveness in practice
Ensuring evaluation takes place and that this informs policy review
Managing bullying incidents
Managing the reporting and recording of bullying incidents
Assessing and coordinating training and support for staff and parents/carers where appropriate
Coordinating strategies for preventing bullying behaviour
The nominated Governor with the responsibility for Anti- bullying (Behaviour) is: - Louise Bett
The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or through cyberspace.
There is a deliberate intention to hurt or humiliate.
There is a power imbalance that makes it hard for the victim to defend themselves.
It is usually persistent.
Occasionally an incident may be deemed to be bullying even if the behaviour has not been repeated or persistent – if it fulfils all other descriptions of bullying. This possibility should be considered, particularly in cases of hate crime related bullying and cyberbullying. If the victim might be in danger, then intervention is urgently required.
Bullying can take place between:
• young people
• young people and staff (or vice versa)
• between staff
• individuals or groups
Bullying behaviour can be physical, verbal or emotional and includes: -
• physical assault
• taking or damaging belongings
• name calling
• making offensive comments
• cyber bullying - inappropriate text messaging and e mailing; sending offensive or degrading images, impersonating and hacking into accounts online using internet enabled devices.
• producing offensive graffiti
• gossiping and spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours
• deliberately excluding people from groups.
Although bullying can occur between individuals it can often take place in the presence (virtually or physically) of others who become the ‘bystanders’ or ‘accessories’.
Specific types of bullying include:
Prejudice Related Bullying
Under the Equalities Act 2010 it is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of:
• being or becoming a transsexual person
• being married or in a civil partnership
• being pregnant or having a child
• race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin including gypsy, roma and travellers
• religion, belief or lack of religion/belief
• sexual orientation
These are called ‘protected characteristics’.
Schools and other public bodies now have to be more proactive and go beyond non-discrimination by advancing equality. We will record these types of bullying and report them to the local authority for monitoring purposes
Other vulnerable groups include
• bullying related to appearance or health
• bullying of young carers or looked after children or otherwise related to home circumstances
There is no hierarchy of bullying – all forms will be taken seriously and dealt with appropriately.
Prejudice Related Language
Homophobic, transphobic and disablist language includes terms of abuse used towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual young people and young people with a learning or physical disability. It is generally used to refer to something or someone as inferior. This may also be used to taunt young people who are different in some way or their friends, family members or their parents/carers
Dismissing such language as banter is not acceptable, as even if these terms are not referring to a person’s sexuality they are using the terms to mean inferior, bad, broken or wrong. We will challenge the use of prejudice related language in our school even if it appears to be being used without any intent. Persistent use of prejudice related language and/or bullying will be dealt with in the same manner as any other form of bullying.
Bullying is not confined to the school premises. It also persists outside school on the journey to and from school and in the local community and may continue into Further Education.
The school acknowledges its responsibilities to support families, if bullying occurs off the premises, and will endeavour to assist with those involved in these types of incidents, where appropriate.
The increasing use of digital technology and the internet has also provided new and particularly intrusive ways for bullies to reach their victims.
Cyberbullying can take many forms, and bullying online can often start in school and then be progressed online, or start online and influence behaviour in school.
Whilst most incidents of Cyberbullying occur outside school we will offer support and guidance to parents and their children who experience online bullying and will treat Cyberbullying with the same severity as any other forms of bullying.
Cyberbullying can include: -
• hacking into someone’s accounts/sites
• Posting prejudiced /hate messages
• Impersonating someone on line
• Public posting of images
• Threats and manipulation
We will ensure that our children are taught safe ways to use the internet (see our online-safety policy) and encourage good online behaviour.
Our school has clear and well publicized systems to report bullying for the whole school community (including staff, parents/carers, children and young people) this includes those who are the victims of bullying or have witnessed bullying behaviour (bystanders)
Bullying can be reported in these ways
Children and young people in school including bystanders can tell any adult in school. Or place a message in the concerns box in their classroom. Children will be listened to and the steps outlined below will be followed. Concerns may be recorded initially in the ‘Blue book’ and then investigations and a completed concern will be recorded on the attached form.
Parents/carers can make an appointment with the class teacher or Headteacher
All staff and visitors can talk to the Headteacher or relevant class teacher
All are encouraged to report through awareness and education of what bullying is and what we can do about it.
All reported incidents will be taken seriously and promptly investigated. This will involve all parties and focus on working together to resolve issues raised. The staff is aware of and follow the same procedures
Responses to bullying will include:
School will interview all parties separately, including any bystanders or assisters.
School will inform all parents/ carers
School will implement the appropriate disciplinary sanctions in accordance with the school’s Behaviour Policy. These will be graded according to the seriousness of the incident but the response will be designed to promote the school’s policy that bullying is unacceptable.
Responses may also vary according to the type of bullying and may involve other agencies where appropriate.
School will follow up, in particular keeping in touch with the person who reported the situation, and parents/carers.
If a parent is not happy with a resolution, this can be addressed via the school’s complaints procedure.
School has a range of follow up responses and support appropriate to the situation for all involved such as - solution focused, restorative approach, circle of friends, individual work with victim, perpetrator and bystanders, referral to outside agencies if appropriate
School will liaise with the wider community, including outside agencies, if the bullying is taking place off the school premises, i.e. in the case of cyberbullying or hate crime.
Recording bullying and evaluating the policy
Bullying incidents will be recorded by the member of staff who deals with the incident and this will be stored by the Anti-bullying coordinator.
Prejudice related bullying will be reported to the local authority by the school using the guidelines set out in Nottinghamshire guidelines for schools: Bullying and Prejudiced –related incidents (August2014) These should be sent in electronic format, ideally encrypted, with a password sent in a separate email, to email@example.com
It is no longer necessary however, to submit a termly nil return to the team or complete a specific form. Schools are advised that a simple email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating at the end of the academic year that no incidents have been reported to the school, will now suffice.
Information stored in school will be used in accordance with the data protection policy and to ensure individuals incidents are followed up. It will also be used assist in identifying trends and inform preventative work in school and development of the policy. This information will be discussed by staff in regular staff meetings half-termly.
This information will be presented to the governors as part of the annual report.
The policy will be reviewed and updated every two years
Strategies for preventing bullying
As part of our ongoing commitment to the safety and welfare of our pupils we at Dunham-on-Trent CofE Primary school have developed the following strategies to promote positive behaviour and discourage bullying behaviour
Anti-Bullying week annually in November.
Specific curriculum input on areas of concern such as cyber bullying and internet safety
Student voice, school council
Peer mentoring schemes and/or Playground Buddying and other student lead initiatives
Positive reinforcement of good behaviour through school ethos; collective worship, celebration assembly, learning to learn, diversity & British values work
Reactive programmes for vulnerable groups or groups involved in bullying. For example: -
Counselling and/or Mediation schemes
Small group work
Support for parents/carers
Parent information events/information
Support for all school staff
Staff training and development for all staff including those involved in lunchtime and before and after school activities
Links with other policies
Behaviour Policy Rewards and sanctions, Codes of conduct
Safeguarding Policy Child protection
E-safety and Acceptable use policy Cyber bullying and e-safety
Equalities policy Prejudice related crime(homophobia, race, religion and culture and SEN/disability
Confidentiality Policy Reporting and recording
PSHE/Citizenship Strategies to prevent bullying
Complaints Policy Guidelines to make a complaint if families are not happy with the school’s response
Anti-bullying Alliance (ABA) - www.anti-bullying.org
Brings together more than 65 organisations with the aim of reducing bullying and creating safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.
Mencap – www.mencap.org
Mencap is a learning disability charity that provides information and support to children and adults with a learning disability, and to their families and carers.
Stonewall – www.stonewall.org.uk
The lesbian, gay and bisexual charity
Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH) – www.eachaction.org.uk
Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH) is a charity and training agency helping people and organisations affected by homophobia. The website gives guidance, contact details and a freephone helpline.
School's Out – www.schools-out.org.uk
Childnet International – www.childnet-int.org
Childnet International - The UK's safer internet centre
NSPCC/ChildLine- www.nspcc.org.uk, www.childline.org.uk
ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. NSPCC run several campaigns to support young people around bullying and internet safety