Anti Bullying Policy
Carlton J and I School
To Be Reviewed December 20
In respect of the school ethos, everyone at Carlton has the right to come to school and feel welcome, safe, secure and happy. Only if this is the case will all children be able to reach their full potential.
Where bullying exists, the victim must feel confident to put into place the anti-bullying systems which are in place. It is our aim to make all children aware of bullying behaviour and increase understanding of the victims through the positive school ethos.
Definitions of Bullying
Under the Equality Act 201 the nine protected characteristics are as follows; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and marriage, race, religion and belief, se and sexual orientation (LGB). Within school we need to address all areas of bullying.
Bullying can be in the form of name calling, violence, threatening behaviour, isolation, ridicule or indirect action such as spreading rumors. The school works hard to ensure the children know the differences between bullying and falling out. Falling out is common in children and is part of their development and growing maturity. Bullying at Carlton is rare and because of this, we take any reports of bullying very seriously.
Procedures to Tackle Bullying
Prevention is better than the cure – so at Carlton we are very vigilant to the signs of bullying. We will:
- Use the curriculum wherever possible to reinforce the ethos of the school.
- Help children develop strategies to combat bullying.
- Work with the school council and buddy system.
- Ensure all bullying is reported to the Head Teacher.
- Encourage children to report bullying, to tell if they are been bullied or if they see bullying happening.
- Investigate all reported incidents of bullying
- Keep a record of all incidents of bullying which are reported.
- Record racist bullying in the Racial Incident Book.
- LSA’s need to be made aware of recording all incidents of bullying.
When bullying is discovered, the issues will be discussed with the children involved and initially a problem solving approach will be taken. The adult will remain neutral. Each pupil will be given the opportunity to talk and the conversation will remain focused on how we can stop the bullying and find a solution for it not recurring. Victims need to feel secure that assertive behaviour and walking away and reporting the bullying are effective ways of dealing with it.
In the first instance the parents of the bully and the victim will be notified. They will be told of the action taken and asked to support the school in the decisions and strategies which have been put in place. They will also be informed of the consequences should the bullying happen again. The bully and the victim will be monitored to ensure the bullying is not repeated. Parents are asked to also monitor the behaviours of their child, victim or bully. There is a shared interest in the child from the school and the parents and school will work closely with the parents to overcome problems. Parents are reminded regularly through letters and notice boards that their child tells someone if they are being bullied. Keeping information from the school or their parents will never solve the problem.