Bullying can be defined as behaviour by one or more people that produces damaging or hurtful effects, physically or emotionally, to any individual. It can include physical assault, verbal taunts, racial or sexual harassment, and may include the use of modern technologies such as e-mail and text messaging. It is deliberate and often repeated.
Bullying of any sort is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Seven Hills School.
- To create an ethos where students learn within a positive and supportive environment
- To help students to develop empathy, understanding and social skills to reduce the occasions where bullying behaviour exists and positive behaviours are the norm
- To have in place a curriculum, which provides opportunities for pupils to consider bullying and how to respond to it.
Roles and Responsibilities
Students are expected to:
- act in a respectful and supportive manner to their peers
- report incidents of bullying to staff as soon as possible
- refrain at all times from any behaviour which would constitute bullying or could be construed as bullying behaviour
- put right any relationships which have become negative
Parents/carers are expected to:
- stress to their children the importance of appropriate sociable behaviour.
- communicate to school any concerns regarding bullying that their child has shared with them.
- support the school if it is necessary to apply sanctions to their child.
School staff are expected to:
- look out for and attend to any incidents that they observe or that are brought to their attention.
- listen sympathetically and with empathy.
- inform parents and seek their support in resolving the situation
- provide support for both the victim and the bully
- record all incidents of bullying and racism in the relevant log book
Governors are expected to:
- monitor the recorded incidents of bullying.
- conduct a formal investigation into the processes and procedures carried out by the school and ascertain the appropriateness of these, in the event of a complaint being made about the school's handling of alleged bullying
The school manages incidents which constitute bullying, in line with the ethos and positive behaviour policy
The learning difficulties, of some of our students, means that their social skills and maturity may make them more vulnerable to being bullied and carrying out bullying behaviours. Their level of understanding which makes a behaviour 'deliberate' may be less well developed than others of a similar age. The investigation of any issue or incidents should be mindful of this whilst treating the situation fairly and fully.
Bullying behaviours tend to stem from occasions of being a victim of bullying – children copy what they have experienced. Therefore consideration will be given to both the victim and the bully so that both are supported to a more positive position.
The strategies used to deal with any incident should help improve the future behaviour of those involved rather than be solely punitive.
Success Criteria/Required Outcomes
- reduce and eradicate wherever possible instances in which children and young people are subjected to bullying in any form
- establish appropriate means of providing after-care should an incident of bullying occur
- provide a learning environment free of any threat or fear
Links to Other Policies
Positive Behaviour Policy
Monitoring and Evaluating
The effectiveness of this policy will be reviewed through the systematic process of whole school self review and evaluation. This process will use the following evaluation tools:
Analysis of behavioural data and incident logs
Interviews and surveys of pupils', staff and parents' views
To be reviewed: Spring Term 2017