Anti Bullying Policy


Introduction

Bullying affects everyone, not just the bullies and the victims. It also affects those other children who watch, and less aggressive pupils can be drawn in by group pressure. Bullying is not an inevitable part of school life or a necessary part of growing up, and it rarely sorts itself out. It is clear that certain jokes, insults, racist behaviour or comment, intimidating/threatening behaviour, written abuse and violence are to be found in our society. No one person or group, whether staff or pupil, should have to accept this type of behaviour. Only when all issues of bullying are addressed, will a child best be able to benefit from the opportunities available at the School.

Why is an anti-bullying policy necessary?

The School believes that its pupils have the right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without the fear of being bullied.

All institutions, both large and small, contain some numbers of pupils with the potential for bullying behaviour. If a school is well disciplined and organised, it can minimise the occurrence of bullying. The School also has a clear policy on the promotion of good citizenship, where it is made clear that bullying is a form of anti-social behaviour. It will not be tolerated.

It is important therefore that the School has a clear written policy to promote this belief, where both pupils and parents/guardians are fully aware that any bullying complaints will be dealt with firmly, fairly and promptly.

What is bullying?

Each incidence of bullying is quite unique. Discretion must be used to ascertain whether an incident is an isolated and relatively harmless event or evidence of bullying. Bullying can occur through several types of anti- social behaviour. It can be:-

a). Physical.
A child can be physically punched, kicked, hit, spat at, etc.

b). Verbal.
Verbal abuse can take the form of name calling. It may be directed towards gender, ethnic origin, physical/social disability, or personality, etc.

c). Exclusion.
A child can be bullied simply by being excluded from discussions/activities, with those they believe to be their friends.

d). Damage to property or theft.
Pupils may have their property damaged or stolen. Physical threats may be used by the bully in order that the pupil hand over property to them.

e). Online.
Unfortunate photographs, unpleasant comments and written abuse are all unfortunate side effects of our connected society. Treganna issues clear guidelines in this field and will act upon incidents of bullying in this medium.

Advice on E-safety for Parents.

The evolving nature of social media and ever changing interconnectivity make much of the advice rapidly redundant. Part of our digital competancy work in school is aimed at empowering pupils as digital citizens. The best advice may sound old fashioned. The family values that you teach your child of courtesy, thoughtfulness, kindness, consideration and empathy are a constant positive in the ever shifting ether of digital communications.

Some further guidelines are regularly posted to parents at Treganna.

Advice to parents / Guardians

What can you tell your child if he/she is being bullied?

  • Teachers will take you seriously and will deal with bullies in a way which will end the bullying and will not make things worse for you.
  • Remember that your silence is the bully’s greatest weapon!
  • Tell yourself that you do not deserve to be bullied
  • 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 bullys enjoy someone’s fear.
  • Stay with a group of friends/people. There is safety in numbers.
  • Be assertive – say “Na!” Walk confidently away. Go straight to a teacher, member of staff.
  • Generally it is best to tell an adult you trust straight away. You will get support.

Advice to pupils

If you know someone is being bullied:

TAKE ACTION!

  • Watching and doing nothing looks as if you are on the side of the bully. It makes the victim feel more unhappy and on their own.
  • If you feel you cannot get involved, tell an adult IMMEDIATELY. Teachers have ways of dealing with the bully without getting you into trouble.
  • Do not be, or pretend to be, friends with a bully.
  • Remember the “Bocs Becso” l where you can tell us what you really think. You don’t have to give your name.

As a parent:

Look for unusual behaviour in your children.For example, they may suddenly not wish to attend school, feel ill regularly, or not complete work to their normal standard.

Always take an active role in your child’s education. Enquire how their day has gone, who they have spent their time with, how lunch time was spent etc.

If you feel your child may be a victim of bullying behaviour, inform the School IMMEDIATELY. Your complaint will be taken seriously and appropriate action will follow.

  • It is important that you advise your child not to fight back. It can make matters worse!
  • Tell your own son or daughter there is nothing wrong with himor her. It is not his or her fault that they are being bullied.
  • Make sure your child is fully aware of the School policy concerning bullying, and that they will not be afraid to ask for help.
  • AS A SCHOOL WE WILL:
  • Deal quickly, firmly and fairly with any complaints, involving parents where necessary.
  • Review the School Policy and its degree of success.
  • Continue to have a firm but fair discipline structure. The rules will be few, simple and easy to understand.
  • Not use teaching materials or equipment which give a bad or negative view of any group because of their ethnic origin, sex, etc.
  • Encourage pupils to discuss how to get on with other people and to form positive attitudes towards other people.
  • Encourage pupils to treat everyone with respect.
  • We will treat bullying as a serious offence and take every possible action to eradicate it from our School.

Action to take when bulling is suspected:

If bullying is suspected we talk to the suspected victim, the suspected bully and any witnesses. If any degree of bullying is identified, the following action will be taken:

Help, support and counselling will be given as is appropriate to both the victims and the bullies:

We support the victims in the following ways:

  • By offering them an immediate opportunity to talk about the experience with their class teacher, or another teacher if they choose.
  • Informing the victims’ parents/guardians.
  • By offering continuing support when they feel they need it.
  • By taking one or more of the seven disciplinary steps described below to prevent more bullying.

We also discipline, yet try to help the bullies in the following ways:

  • By talking about what happened, to discover why they became involved.
  • Informing the bullies’ parents/guardians.
  • By continuing to work with the bullies in order to get rid of prejudiced attitudes as far as possible.
  • By taking one or more of the seven disciplinary steps described below to prevent more bullying.

Disciplinary Steps:

  1. They will be warned officially to stop offending.
  2. Informing the bullies’ parents/guardians.
  3. They may be excluded from the School premises at lunch times.
  4. We may arrange for parents escorted them to and from the School premises.
  5. If they do not stop bullying they will be suspended for a minor fixed period. The guidlines for exclusion are outlined in the Behaviour policy document. It should be noted however that on any occassion where it is felt that a pupil’s behaviour constitutes a physical threat to another that suspension (At the discretion of the Head Teacher) may be immediate.
  6. If they then carry on they will be recommended for suspension for a major fixed period.