Bullying Policy

Revision History
Version Date Comments
Review Date
1 September 2005 First draft
2 November 2005 Approved and issued July 2006
3 July 2006 Approved and issued July 2007
4 July 2007 Approved and issued July 2008
5 September 2008 Amended, approved and issued July 2009
6 April 2009 Approved and issued (no amendments) July 2010
7 October 2010 Amended, approved and issued July 2011
8 May 2011 Amended, approved and issued Summer 2012
9 Summer 2012 Amended, approved and issued Summer 2013

1. Introduction
The Governors and staff all recognise the need to have an effective policy in place to prevent bullying (anti-social behaviour) at St John’s.

The effects of bullying can be displayed in different ways by different pupils. A victim may exhibit one or more of the indicators. Not all can be noted in this policy, but it is likely that one or more of the following may be observed by parents/carers/ staff.
• reluctance to attend school;
• beginning to underachieve academically;
• comes home with clothes/property damaged or missing;
• becomes withdrawn;
• becomes distressed more than usual;
• develops sleeping or eating problems;
• has unexplained scratches or bruises;
• asks for money/items or begins to take these from home;
• refuses to talk to anyone or say what is wrong;
• displays changes in behaviour/attitude.

Bullying as a term can be used wrongly, so as a school we talk about anti-social behaviour and kindness to others and how distressing and unkind acts can be.

2. Definition
Bullying takes place when one or more persons deliberately exert power or inappropriate behaviour: whether emotional, verbal or physical over another individual and as a result, injures, intimidates or threatens that person.

We recognise that this behaviour might not be intentional, but all allegations will be investigated.

3. Aims
At St John’s we recognise that all pupils are valued and are unique. By all pupils, parents/carers, staff and governors working together we aim to create a climate that is positive and prevents poor behaviour, anti-social behaviour and bullying.

Through our Mission Statement, Collective Worship, PSHCE Programme (including circle time) and consistent teaching and expectations we aim to provide a positive supportive environment whereby:
» everyone displays care about the welfare of peers;
» everyone knows the school rules and recognises what anti-social behaviour is and that it has consequences and is unacceptable;
» no one is afraid to tell an adult that someone is causing them distress;
» all children know they will be listened to and any complaint taken seriously;
» all pupils know that issues will be dealt with following the Behaviour Policy and Bullying Policy;
» everyone works together to ensure that victims are supported.

Staff Responsibilities (teaching and non-teaching):
to be aware of school policy re equal opportunities, SEN and the need to create a positive supportive climate;
to support the school Behaviour Policy;
to be aware of the need to be vigilant at all times and never leave the class children unattended;
to promote positive self-esteem amongst pupils and parents/carers;
to be consistent and impartial in daily interactions with pupils;
to ensure that collective worship, PSHCE and circle time are used to create an atmosphere of care, consideration and positive behaviour;
to revisit class rules regularly and when needed;
to record incidents of anti-social behaviour that begin to show a pattern in the class file;
to monitor any ‘bullying’ issues to ensure there is no recurrence of the behaviour and check that all children have recovered from the experience.

Pupil Responsibilities:
» to understand that anti-social behaviour and bullying is unacceptable;
» to follow school rules;
» to act in a caring way to all;
» to speak out if they are being hurt by anti-social behaviour;
» to understand that being unkind, displaying anti-social behaviour or bullying other pupils can be distressing.

Parent/Carer Responsibilities:
o to take an active role in helping to support and promote the school Behaviour Policy;
o to recognise the need for vigilance regarding their child’s attitude and behaviour and inform the school of any concerns they have about their child;
o to take action with their child if they exhibit anti-social or bullying behaviour;
o to support the school in their actions taken.

4. Actions
a) All parents/carers will be given a copy of the school Behaviour Policy at the beginning of the academic year (if a child joins during the year a copy will be included with the induction pack).
b) All allegations of bullying will be thoroughly investigated.
c) The alleged bully and the bullied person will be informed that an investigation is taking place.
d) Issues, where possible, will be resolved quickly making it clear bullying will not be tolerated.
e) All incidents will be recorded:
– Records of anti-social behaviour will be kept by Class Teacher/Key Stage Leader/Headteacher
f) Persistent bullying will be treated seriously and parents always informed.
g) Where bully/bullies are identified such action taken may include:
i. Provision of pastoral care
ii. Circle time and PHSE
iii. Verbal reprimand
iv. Involvement of parent
v. Private apology
vi. Withdrawal of privileges
vii. Application of sanctions identified in school Behaviour Policy