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Anti-Bullying Strategy

We believe that all pupils have the right to work and learn in a happy and caring environment.

Bullying is:

Deliberately hurtful and repeated behaviour over time against an individual.

It can be:

Physical – any type or threat of violence
Verbal – name calling, teasing or spreading rumours
Emotional – being kept out of a group or laughed at
Racial – comments or gestures about a person’s background
Sexual – unwanted physical contact
Cyber – when someone uses technology (such as the Internet or a mobile phone) to bully others

We are all responsible for preventing bullying.  How to defeat the bullies: what we all can do…..

  • Tell your parent or guardian what’s happening.
  • Tell a teacher about the problem and if it doesn't stop go back to the teacher again.
  • Try to ignore the bullies. If they fail to get a reaction they may give up.
  • Try standing up for yourself. Be assertive, but don’t come down to their level. You might end up in trouble.
  • Ask your friends and classmates to stick up for you. If you all stick together, the bullies lose their power.
  • Keep a record of what’s happening and ask your friends if they’ll act as witnesses if you need adult help to sort things out.
  • You must speak out: bullies rely on their victims and witnesses staying silent.
  • If you witness another person being bullied, tell a teacher about it.

Bullying is covered in depth in our Behaviour for Learning and Conduct Policy (Appendix 5).