Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school. Bullying is wrong and damages individual children. We therefore do all we can to prevent it by developing a school ethos in which bullying is regarded as unacceptable.
If bullying does occur, pupils should be able to tell a teacher and be sure that the incident with be dealt with promptly and effectively.
Charterhouse Square School defines bullying as repeated, deliberately hurtful behaviour (verbal or physical) which makes another individual feel uncomfortable, intimidated or threatened. Parents and pupils are encouraged to distinguish between bullying and normal childish altercations. It is the frequency, manner and intent of such incidents which determines which it is.
Bullying behaviour might include:-
- Physical; for example hitting, kicking, pushing, spitting.
- Verbal; for example name calling, taunting, teasing, insulting remarks. This could include comments of a homophobic, sexist or racist nature.
- Emotional; for example intimidating, isolating or excluding children from a group or activity.
- Spreading rumours or writing unsigned notes, emails or text messages.
- Taking, damaging or hiding belongings.
- Cyber bullying; using the internet/network sites as a means of making insulting, hurtful remarks.
Procedures for dealing with incidents involving bullying
Teachers in our school take all forms of bullying seriously and intervene to prevent incidents from taking place. This informal, discreet and sensitive approach has proved very successful in the rare cases dealt with to date.
- Children are encouraged to report bullying incidents to a member of staff.
- The member of staff must then deal with the issue as soon as possible and spend time talking to the children involved.
- The incident must be recorded in the class diary and message book.
- The teacher must inform and advise other members of staff where relevant.
- In serious cases, parents should be informed and will be asked to come in for a meeting to discuss the problem.
Objectives of this policy and aims of the school
- That all staff have an understanding of what bullying is, know what the school policy is and follow it when bullying is reported.
- That all pupils and parents know what the school policy is and are confident that they will be supported when bullying is reported.
- That, as a school, we take bullying seriously.
- That bullying will not be tolerated.
- To provide support for those being bullied and form a framework within which those bullying others may recognise and reform their behaviour.
- To instil in all members of the school a sense of caring and kindness for one another, in accordance with the school's ethos. This can be achieved through the curriculum, displays, whole school activities and peer support.
- To discuss, monitor and review our anti-bullying policy on a regular basis.