Within the general aims of equal opportunities, which promote respect, care and safety for others, it is the right of all pupils and staff at Bank View High School not to be subjected to bullying behaviour. This may be defined as an act of a physical, verbal or mental nature, including cyber misuse. The procedures set out in the behaviour and discipline policy ensure that both staff and pupil are afforded opportunities to identify and deal with incidents of bullying.
A person is being bullied, or picked upon, when another person or group of people deliberately, directly and repeatedly:
Say things which cause them to be upset (verbal). Bullying takes many forms some examples being:
When a person is repeatedly attacked - hit, kicked, threatened or intimidated (physical).
Isolation, with nobody talking to an individual, pointedly ignoring them (mental).
Whispering campaigns, name-calling, difficult to pinpoint but highly painful to the victim (emotional)
Using social networks and texts or other e-communication to spread hurtful rumour (cyber)
Repeated incidents of this type make it difficult for the individual being bullied to defend themselves and it is important that they have an opportunity to do so.
1 - Policy in Practice
Bullying is addressed and can be minimised and hopefully eliminated if everyone has a clear understanding of the policy and:
- The policy is applied consistently
- Acts of bullying are never ignored or tolerated
- Staff remain vigilant recognising and acting upon the signs of bullying
- Pupils know that they will be listened to if they make staff aware of issues and that their concerns will be acted upon
2 - Awareness Raising of our Anti-Bullying Policy at Bank View High School
Methods of raising pupil awareness of bullying and its consequences:
- Whole school and departmental assemblies
- Displays in corridors to support anti-bullying policy
- Involvement in national anti-bullying week
- Definition of bullying - rules on the wall/corridor/leisure area
- Using drama/role play about bullying as part of the normal curriculum class/registration time: a time to talk and a time to 'listen'
- Use of the bully box outside the mentors room
- Open door policy for pupils to access mentors and other staff
- Regular agenda item at the School Council
Sharing the information
The policy will be available to parents via the school website. In addition hard copies will be available upon request.
Members of the School Council will be given access to the policy in order to take part in the review of the anti-bullying policy.
All pupils will be made aware of the anti-bullying policy via whole school assemblies.
3 - Key areas where bullying can occur:
- Dinner Hall
- PE Changing Room
- Moving between lessons
- Unstructured situations
- School transportWet play allocated rooms
4 - Supervision
- By all staff, in an attempt to reduce the opportunities for bullying
- Additional members of staff on duty for PE changing (Support Staff)
- Yard: Minimum of 3 members of staff on duty at break and dinner duties
- Transport - supervision to and from. Liaison with drivers/escorts, including training
- Pupils to act as peer support for more vulnerable pupils
5 - Procedures for dealing with bully
- Staff report observed incidents to class teacher and complete Incident Sheet
- Class teacher makes initial inquiries and investigates possible root causes and solutions
- Referral to member of SMT and implement the School's Actions and Consequences procedure
- Bully made aware of their actions and impact on the victim
- Victim and bully mediation via mentors/SMT
- Parents invited into school to discuss incidents
- Warning from Headteacher
- Exclusion: internal, working with SMT
- Exclusion: possible fixed term i.e. 1 or 2 days. Governors informed
- Exclusion: longer period of fixed term or permanent
- Possible involvement of outside agencies e.g. liaison with our local community police