How do we define bullying?
At Elmstead Wood Primary School, we believe that children and young people have the right to be and feel safe. We value and work to support the emotional health and well-being of all our children and young people. We aim to create an environment of respect where anti-social and bullying behaviours are not accepted or tolerated.
As a school we define bullying as ‘wilful behaviour which repeatedly and purposely aims to hurt, intimidate, frighten, harm or exclude another individual or group.’
How can you report bullying?
If you are concerned about bullying, please report it to the school in the following ways:
- Children should speak to an adult in school.
- Children can raise a concern using the worry boxes in their classroom.
- Parents should speak to a member of school staff (teacher or Senior Leadership Team) or call or email the school office.
How will we deal with bullying?
Investigate bullying incidents thoroughly and talk to those everyone involved, e.g. witnesses and appropriate staff
Record the incident – Get a written statement from all individuals involved. This may include staff and other children. If a child cannot write down what happened you should scribe for them.
Respond to the child concerned by:
- Listening actively
- Offering support and strategies to deal with unacceptable behaviour
- Protecting the child and ensure their safety as and when necessary
- Involving parents
- Involving external agencies to support the child as appropriate
Respond to the child who bullied by:
- Ensuring he/she recognises his/her behaviour and how it affects others
- Applying appropriate sanctions
- Guiding, supporting, advising and offering strategies to change behaviour
- Encouraging him/her to take responsibility for actions and help them to make amends
- Involving parents
Prevent further situations by providing opportunities for children to explore the issues. This will take the form of a circle time or discussion with all children involved. Children should have an opportunity to discuss their feelings and how the actions and behaviours made them feel. The children should also help to construct a solution to the issue.
Review the situation with the child and parents and others, throughout the investigation and afterwards. Review policies and procedures - consider changes that can be made to environment, groupings, rules and codes of conduct etc.
Monitor the situation
Provide opportunities for children to say how safe they feel and if the policy is working. This should take place on a regular basis.
Please give the deputy headteacher copies of any statements, minutes from meetings with parents and dates of meetings with parent. This information will be stored centrally so that any incidents can be monitored.