St Wilfrids School respect the need that children have right to be safe and happy in the sport activity.
Our Policy Statement is:
- Respect every child’s needs for, and rights to, a play environment where safety, security, praise, recognition, and opportunity for taking responsibility are available.
- Respect for every individuals feelings and views.
- Recognise that everyone is important and that our differences make each of us special.
- Show appreciation of other, by acknowledging individual qualities, contributions and progress.
- Ensure safety by having anti-bullying rules and practices, developed with the participation of children and young people, carefully explained and displayed for all to see.
- Bullying will not be accepted or condoned. All forms of bullying will be addressed.
Bullying can include:
- Physical pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching etc.
- Name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, persistent teasing and emotional torment through ridicule, humiliation, and the continual ignoring of individuals
- Racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
- Sexual comments, and/or suggestions
- Unwanted physical contact
- Children from ethnic minorities, disabled children, young people who are gay or lesbian, or those with learning difficulties are more vulnerable to this form of abuse and may well be targeted.
- Appropriate staff and volunteers should have access to training on anti-bullying
- Where a child is found to be exhibiting sexually harmful behaviour to another child, it is important to involve the relevant Local Safeguarding Children Board as soon as possible. Each establishment should have clear policies and procedures to ensure that staff and volunteers are aware of the differences between sexually harmful behaviour and bullying behaviour.
- Where a child’s bullying behaviour is of a particularly violent or aggressive nature and the establishment is unable to address the behaviour through behaviour management strategies or disciplinary measures within a reasonable time, it is worth considering instigating child protection procedures.
- Incidents should be recorded and actioned in line with the St Wilfrids Policy and Procedures.
1. How this Policy was Developed
This policy was developed after consultation between staff, pupils and parents.
The school has a ‘duty of care’ towards its pupils with regard to bullying in that the Headteacher and staff stand in loco parentis (in place of the parents). This duty of care includes protecting pupils from harm from bullying.
This policy takes full account of the school’s legal obligations under the School’s Standards and Framework Act and the Human Rights Act of 1998 to:
- have a policy to prevent all forms of bullying amongst pupils
- to make a written copy of the anti-bullying statement available on request
- to set out the strategies to be followed with a system to implement them and a mechanism for monitoring and reviewing their effectiveness.
2. a) Definition of Bullying
Bullying can be defined in a number of ways. We follow DfES guidance which defines bullying as:
“Bullying is deliberately hurtful behaviour repeated often over a period of time or on isolated occasions, where somebody deliberately intimidates or harasses another”.
Bullying has been described by pupils as:
- name calling
- physical abuse eg hitting, pushing, pinching or kicking
- having personal possessions taken eg bag or mobile phone
- receiving abusive text messages or e-mails
- being forced to hand over money
- being forced to do things they don’t want to do
- being ignored or left out
- being attacked in any way due to religion, gender, sexuality, disability, appearance or racial or ethnic origin.
b) Specific Examples of Bullying
Racist bullying – an incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person. This can be in the form of:
- verbal abuse, name calling, racist jokes, offensive mimicry
- physical threats or attacks
- wearing of provocative badges or insignia
- bringing racist leaflets, comics or magazines
- inciting others to behave in a racist way
- racist graffiti or other written insults, even against food, music, dress or customs,
- refusing to co-operate in work or play.
Sexual bullying – this is generally characterised by:
- abusive name calling
- looks and comments about appearance, attractiveness, emerging puberty
- inappropriate and uninvited touching
- sexual innuendos and propositions
- pornographic material, graffiti with sexual content
- in its most extreme form, sexual assault or rape.
Sexual orientation – this can happen even if the pupils are not lesbian, gay or bisexual. Just being different may be enough. This can be in the form of:
- use of homophobic language
- looks and comments about sexual orientation or appearance.
SEND – These pupils are often at greater risk of bullying. This can be characterised by:
- name calling
- comments on appearance
- comments with regard to perceived ability and achievement levels.
The need for adult sensitivity should be taken into account in a number of instances, e.g. when grouping children, marking children’s work, sharing of results and assessment arrangements as well as an awareness of appropriate language being used when addressing pupils.
Text/Cyber bullying – this is on the increase and can involve pupils receiving threatening or disturbing messages from possibly anonymous callers. Pupils’ phones are placed in the form phone boxes, which are stored in the office until the end of the school day.
3. School Statement of Intent (with regard to its position on bullying)
This school believes that:
- Bullying is undesirable and unacceptable.
- Bullying is a problem to which solutions can be found.
- Seeking help and openness are regarded as signs of strength not weakness.
- All members of the school community will be listened to and taken seriously.
- Everyone has the right to work and learn in an atmosphere that is free from fear.
- All of us have a responsibility to ensure that we do not abuse or bully others.
- Young people should talk to an adult if they are worried about bullying and have a right to expect that their concerns will be listened to and treated seriously.
- Young people should be involved in decision making about matters that concern them.
- We all have a duty to work together to protect vulnerable individuals from bullying and other forms of abuse.
4. Aims of the Policy
- To assist in creating an ethos in which attending school is a positive experience for all members of the school community.
- To make it clear that all forms of bullying are unacceptable at school.
- To enable everyone to feel safe while at school and encourage pupils to report incidences of bullying.
- To deal effectively with bullying.
- To support and protect victims of bullying and ensure they are listened to.
- To help and support bullies to change their attitudes as well as their behaviour and understand why it needs to change.
- To liaise with parents and other appropriate members of the school community.
- To ensure all members of the school community feel responsible for combating bullying.
- To ensure all parents and pupils have received and had opportunity to comment upon the school anti-bullying policy.
- To maintain and develop effective listening systems for pupils and staff within the school.
- To involve all staff in dealing with incidents of bullying effectively and promptly.
- To equip all staff with the skills necessary to deal with bullying.
- To involve the wider school community in dealing effectively with, and if necessary referring, bullying incidents.
- To communicate with parents and the wider school community effectively on the subject of bullying.
- To acknowledge the key role of the class teacher/ form tutor in dealing with incidents of bullying.
- To ensure that all incidents of bullying are recorded and appropriate use is made of the information and where appropriate shared with relevant organisations.
6. Specific School Targets
Our school targets are as follows:
- To ensure all parents, pupils, teaching and non-teaching staff have seen this policy.
- To ensure all staff are familiar with reporting incidents procedures and to ensure all incidents of bullying are recorded.
- To ensure every pupil receives regular opportunities to discuss the policy in PSME, citizenship lessons and School Council meetings.
- To continue to develop peer mediation strategies.
7. Code of Conduct (with regard to school behaviour and relationships within the school community)
We recognise that all adults in the school are, in effect, role models for the students. The way in which we behave towards each other and to students is particularly important in terms of providing positive role models. Therefore, as adults we must:
- show respect for every student and other colleagues within the school
community as individuals
- be aware of vulnerable students
- criticise the behaviour rather than the student
- avoid favouritism
- be seen to be fair
- avoid labelling
- have high expectations of students
- never give students ammunition to use against each other
- actively seek to develop a praise culture within the school.
Young people also have a responsibility to role model appropriate behaviour for their peers. We, therefore, believe that all students must:
- show respect for their fellow students and adults working within the school
- support and be sensitive to others when they may be feeling vulnerable
- actively seek to develop a praise culture within the school
- actively support the school anti-bullying policy
- take responsibility for their own behaviour.
8. Equal Opportunities
Every member of the school community is entitled to expect equality of protection from bullying as well as protection and support from school policies and procedures designed to ensure that the school remains a safe environment in which to teach and learn.
9. Procedures and Dealing with Incidents – A Whole School Approach
a) Role of pupils in recording a bullying incident
Follow the school guide to reporting and dealing with bullying incidents
b) Guidance for parents
If your child has been bullied:
- Calmly talk with your child about his/ her experiences.
- Make a note of what your child says including who was involved, how often the
bullying has occurred, where it happened and what happened.
- Reassure your child that he/ she has done the right thing to tell you about the
- Explain to your child that should any further incidents occur he/she should report
them to a teacher immediately.
- Make an appointment to see your child’s teacher.
- Explain to the teacher the problems your child is experiencing.
When talking with teachers about bullying:
- Try to stay calm and bear in mind that the teacher may have no idea that your
child is being bullied or may have heard conflicting accounts of an incident.
- Be as specific as possible about what your child says has happened, give dates,
places and names of other children involved.
- Make a note of what action the school intends to take.
- Ask if there is anything you can do to help your child or the school.
- Stay in touch with the school and let them know if things improve as well as if
If you are not satisfied:
- Check with the school anti-bullying policy to see if agreed procedures are being
- Make an appointment to discuss the matter with the Head teacher and keep a
record of the meeting.
- If this does not help follow the complaints procedure set out in the School
Handbook, which all parents are given a copy of when joining the school and
also regular updates as required.
If your child is bullying others:
- Talk with your child and explain that what s/he is doing is unacceptable and
makes other children unhappy.
- Discourage other members of your family from bullying behaviour or from using
aggression or force to get what they want.
- Show your child how he/ she can join in with other children without bullying.
- Make an appointment to see your child’s teacher and explain the problems your
child is experiencing as well as discussing how you can work together to stop
him/her bullying others.
- Regularly check with your child how things are going at school.
- Give your child lots of praise and encouragement when s/ he is co-operative or
kind to other people.
If your child is experiencing any form of electronic bullying:
- Ensure your child is careful whom they give their mobile phone number and
e-mail address to.
- Check exactly when a threatening message was sent.
- Where necessary report incidents to the police.
c) Role of staff
- Talk privately with the offending individual(s)
- Attempt to include an excluded pupil in lessons, perhaps by controlling the
- Intervene to diffuse a blatant act of bullying.
- On discovering the details, deal sympathetically with all the pupils involved.
- Do not bully the bully or humiliate him/her. Try to look objectively at the
- Listen to what is being said and take notes if necessary.
- Reassure the pupil but do not promise confidentiality. (Refer to child protection
- Follow the school guide to reporting and dealing with bullying incidents.
10. Strategies to Reduce Bullying
The school will adopt a range of strategies to prevent and reduce bullying, to raise awareness of bullying and support victims and bullies. Including:
- Co-operative group work.
- The support group approach/No Blame Approach.
- Peer mediation.
- Peer counselling.
- Buddy systems.
- PSHE programmes.
- Restorative justice.
School staff cannot promise absolute confidentiality if approached by a pupil for help. Staff must make this clear to pupils. Child protection procedures must be followed when any disclosures are made.
It is very rare for a pupil to request absolute confidentiality. If they do, in situations other than those involving child protection issues, staff must make a careful judgement whether or not a third party needs to be informed. This judgement will be based upon:
- The seriousness of the situation and the degree of harm that the pupil may be
- The pupil’s age, maturity and competence to make their own decisions.
Where it is clear that a pupil would benefit from the involvement of a third party, staff should seek consent of the pupil to do so. If appropriate, staff might inform the third party together with the pupil. Unless clearly inappropriate, pupils will always be encouraged to talk to their parent/ guardian.
An underlying principle in supporting pupils in our school is that all children are listened to sensitively and objectively and all incidences of bullying will be taken seriously.
Although the school cannot guarantee confidentiality pupils will be informed of national and local help lines, if appropriate, where confidentiality can be maintained.
12. Support for Pupils who Experience Bullying
If you are being bullied
- Tell an adult or somebody you trust what has happened straight away.
- Get away from the situation as quickly as possible.
- Try to stay calm and look as confident as you can.
- Be firm and clear – look them in the eye and, if possible, tell them to stop and
tell them how you feel.
After you have been bullied
- Tell a teacher or another adult you trust within school.
- Tell your family.
- If you are scared to tell a teacher or adult on your own, ask a friend to go with you.
- Keep on speaking until someone listens and does something to stop the bullying.
- Don’t blame yourself for what has happened
When you are talking to an adult about bullying be clear about
- What has happened to you.
- How often it has happened.
- Who was involved.
- Who saw what was happening.
- Where it happened.
- What you have done about it already.
If you experience bullying by mobile phone text messages or e-mail
- Tell a friend, parent or teacher.
- Be careful who you give your mobile phone number or e-mail address to.
- Make a note of exactly when a threatening message was sent.
For contacts and details of where to seek help outside school see appendix.
13. Policy Review
This policy will be evaluated and updated where necessary annually by the whole school. The views of pupils and staff will be used to make changes and improvements to the policy on an ongoing basis.
All parents are given a copy of the School Handbook, which contains several policies including Anti-Bullying. Updated reviews are sent as required. Copies of the policy are posted in every form room for pupils’ attention. Copies of all policies are also available from the School office.
Childline Telephone number 0800 1111 (Open 24 hours a day)
For children who are deaf or hard of hearing textphone service 0800 400222
NSPCC Telephone number 0808 800 5000
A registered charity dedicated to stopping cruelty to children
Kidscape Telephone number 020 7730 3300
(Bullying councillor available Monday – Friday 10.00am-4.00pm)
Anti Bullying Campaign Telephone number 0207 378 1446
(Advice line for parents and children 9.30am-5.00pm)
Advisory Centre for Education Telephone number 0207 354 8321
(Advice line for parents on all school matters open Monday – Friday 2.00pm-5.00pm)
Ofsted Telephone number 07002 637833
Parentline Plus Telephone number 0808 800 2222
(National helpline for parents Monday – Friday 9.00am-9.00pm, Saturday 9.30am-5.00pm, Sunday 10.00am-3.00pm)
Useful websites regarding bullying in schools:
BBC Bullying Survival Guide www.bbc.co.uk/education/bully/index.htm
Provides information, guidelines for dealing with all aspects of bullying, a help and resources list and accounts of celebrities who were bullied when they were at school
Gives details on the CHIPS initiative and other information regarding bullying
Gives advice and support for victims, schools and parents
Bullying Online www.bullying.co.uk
A registered charity, which contains advice for both parents and pupils
A registered charity dedicated to stopping cruelty to children
A research site with links to other sites on bullying
Peer Support Networker www.peersupport.co.uk
Newsletter linked to Peer Support Forum