Foxdale School Anti-Bullying Policy

Prepared by A. Jessopp

Rationale

Foxdale School is committed to ensuring high standards of teaching and learning within a safe and secure environment where all children will develop confidence, responsibility and respect. Through the application of this policy, we hope to provide all children, parents and staff with clear guidance on our approach to tackling bullying.

To whom the policy applies
This policy applies to all of the children, members of staff, visitors, governors and parents at Foxdale school.

Anti-bullying code:
“Treat everyone with respect”
Bullying breaks this rule, because if you hurt, threaten or frighten someone you are not treating them with respect.
Bullying is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
You should treat others, as you would like to be treated.
Definition
The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) defines bullying as:
“Behaviour by an individual or group, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group, either physically or emotionally.”

Bullying includes:
name-calling; taunting; mocking; making offensive comments; kicking; hitting; pushing; taking belongings; inappropriate text messaging and emailing; sending offensive or degrading images by phone or via the internet; producing offensive graffiti; gossiping; excluding people from groups; spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours.
Although sometimes occurring between two individuals in isolation, it quite often takes place in the presence of others.

Pupils are bullied for a variety of reasons. Specific types of bullying include:
• bullying related to race, religion or culture
• bullying related to SEN or disabilities
• bullying related to appearance or health conditions
• bullying of young carers, looked-after children or otherwise related to home circumstances

There is no 'hierarchy' of bullying — all forms of bullying should be taken equally seriously and dealt with appropriately.
Bullying can take place between pupils, between pupils and staff, or between staff; by individuals or groups; face-to-face, indirectly or using a range of cyber bullying methods (including DS wifi chatrooms, text message, email and social networking sites such as Facebook).
Inclusion in the curriculum
Foxdale strives to raise awareness of bullying, and how to ‘See it, Get Help and Stop it’ by promoting it through the curriculum in the following ways:
The School PSHCE curriculum uses the SEALs materials to support the teaching of bullying, and the long term plan identifies Autumn B term for teaching the ‘Say No to Bullying’ unit annually.
Circle time is used in classes to discuss a variety of topics including: dealing with peer pressure, making choices, the importance of friendships
Every year, the school holds an Anti-bullying week, with assemblies, PSHE lessons and school displays focusing on the theme for the week.
Prevention

The following initiatives have been put in place to prevent cases of bullying
Children from Cornelly are encouraged e to act as playtime buddies promoting positive play and acting as role models for the younger children.
Anti-bullying week activities - this acts as a reminder of how to stop bullying and get help
Positive play to provide children with a variety of activities at playtime
SEALs materials - used in assemblies, circle times and PSHE lessons to praise awareness of the issues with bullying

Reporting and recording

Below is the procedure for reporting and recording incidents of bullying:
report any incidents of bullying to SMT
member of staff to record the incident in writing
copies of the the completed incident report to be kept in the behaviour log in the Headteacher’s office
Department of Education to be notified of cases of bullying by Headteacher
Pupils
1. Pupils should set a good example to younger pupils by:
• Trying to ensure that they personally do not bully anyone else, even "in fun"
• Not making comments which could cause distress
• Helping to discourage others from bullying

2. When they see or hear bullying, pupils could:
• Comment that it is bullying and that bullying is wrong
• Say that the bullying behaviour will be reported
• Say that the person bullying will be in trouble if the teachers or parents find out

3. Pupils who are bullied should:
• Talk to other people about it (pupils, teachers, parents or other adults)
• Not feel guilty about being bullied—it is not their fault
• Not feel guilty about reporting it—they may be preventing other pupils from being bullied by the same person

4. Pupils who realise that they have been bullying someone should:
• Stop the bullying immediately
• Discourage others who have been involved in the bullying
• Resolve not to become involved in bullying again
• Reassure the victim of bullying that the bullying has stopped
• Ask for help if they find that they cannot stop bullying

All Staff have a responsibility to:
1. Play a leading role in promoting the School Policy against Bullying.
2. Investigate and take appropriate action on any reported cases of serious or persistent
bullying.
This could involve:
• Counselling the victim of bullying and the culprit
• Involvement of the parents/guardians of both the victim of bullying and the culprit
• Ensuring the bullying report form is completed
• Monitoring the success of the Anti-Bullying Policy
For parents
• They are clear that the school does not tolerate bullying.
• They are aware of procedures to use if they are concerned their child is being bullied or does not feel safe to learn, including the school's complaints procedure.
• They have confidence that the school will take any complaint about bullying seriously and investigate/resolve as necessary, and that the school systems will deal with the bullying in a way that protects their child.
• They are clear about ways in which they can complement the school on the anti-bullying policy or procedures.

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