21 DECEMBER · ADMIN ·
Definitions and Scope
The Birmingham City Council model policy defines bullying as “any behaviour that is deliberately intended to hurt, threaten or frighten another person or group of people. It is usually unprovoked, persistent and can continue for a long period of time. It always reflects an abuse of power and is usually premeditated.”
Bullying behaviour can include:
Physical aggression, such as hitting, kicking, taking or damaging possessions;
Verbal aggression, such as name calling, threatening comments, insults, racist remarks, teasing, sending nasty notes or making nuisance calls;
Indirect social exclusion, such as deliberately leaving someone out, ignoring someone, spreading rumours about someone or about their family.
Racial, sexual or homophobic harassment involves the same kinds of behaviour directed against someone because of their cultural or ethnic identity, their gender or sexuality. Harassment is defined as any kind of unreasonable behaviour which alarms, distresses or torments someone else.
Bullying or harassment by staff is covered by the Staff Conduct Policy and by the Safeguarding Policy.
This policy is concerned with potential bullying or harassment by pupils.
To reinforce our positive school ethos in which all forms of bullying and harassment are seen as unacceptable.
To identify and deal effectively with any incidents of bullying or harassment by pupils.
Reinforcing Our School Ethos
Pupils are taught in PSHE from arrival in school that they must tell a member of staff if they do not feel safe.
Pupils are taught in PSHE the difference between bullying or harassment and incidents that are not targeted.
Pupils are taught in PSHE the school procedures for supporting victims of bullying and harassment.
Pupils are taught through school assemblies, RE, Drama and across the curriculum to respect the race, gender, faith of all people and in PSHE their sexual orientation.
This policy is promoted with pupils through our School Rules, working with our Student Council and in school assemblies.
Identifying and Dealing with Bullying and Harassment
All staff are trained to be vigilant for changes in behaviour that could indicate a pupil has been bullied or harassed.
Recording of incidents of challenging behaviour on Sleuth always includes the name of any victim as well as the aggressor and weekly analysis by the Behaviour Team looks for patterns of behaviour that could indicate bullying or harassment.
Instances of verbal harassment are recorded on Sleuth with details of its type.
Victims of bullying or harassment are supported in terms of taking measures to make them safe from further incidents, making them aware that action has been taken against the aggressor, reinforcing their right to be safe and to tell a member of staff, letting them know that their parents have been informed, teaching these procedures within PSHE lessons.
Victims of non-targeted aggressive actions are supported in the same way as those who have been victims of bullying and harassment.
Those who have carried out bullying or harassment are taught to empathise with the feelings of their victims and to adopt positive behaviour. A discussion is held with their parents taking a no blame, problem solving approach.
Any harassment that indicates that a pupil may have been influenced by extremist views is reported to a Designated Senior Leader who will deal with it as a potential safeguarding incident.
All incidents in which a pupil is hurt or upset are reported to parents.
All instances of bullying or harassment are reported each term to the local authority.