WHAT COUNTS AS BULLYING?
At Rossett we constantly promote a positive ethos where everyone is valued and respected and so we take the issue of bullying very seriously.
Bullying is the wilful, conscious desire to hurt or threaten or frighten someone else
Bullying behaviour: How bullies exercise their illegitimate power depends on who they are, who the victim is and the context. (This is what makes a descriptive definition of bullying hard to achieve.) Bullying can be verbal, physical or antisocial. We subscribe to the view that any behaviour which is the illegitimate use of power in order to hurt others is bullying behaviour. This includes cyber bullying – using technology as a vehicle for bullying.
WHAT ARE OUR POLICY AIMS?
- To prevent bullying
- To deal with bullying if it occurs
- To integrate this policy with our PSHE and pastoral programmes
STRATEGIES IN PLACE
Raising awareness in the curriculum: Opportunities are taken to bring bullying into the student forum (eg discussion in lessons such as English, Drama, History, PSHE).
In addition we use assemblies for articulating the school’s view of bullying and its unacceptable nature. The School Council is also a forum where issues are discussed and raised. The use of the PSHE programme is most important to heighten awareness as well as concerns and strategies.
Care is always taken to discuss alternative value systems putting them into context.Raising staff awareness: All staff are kept aware of problems being experienced by individuals through staff briefings, individual discussions, pastoral meetings etc. Staff are aware that though no standard unique characteristic is common to all bullies, there are 4 common elements for both male and female bullies.
Bullies tend to:
- have assertive, aggressive attitudes over which they exercise little self-control;
- lack empathy; they cannot imagine how the victim feels;
- lack guilt; they rationalise that the victim somehow ‘deserves’ the bullying treatment.
- all bullying involves a perpetrator, a victim and an audience.
Giving students opportunities to talk:
Opportunities are made for students to talk about their perception of bullying. This is carried out in tutor/PSHE time and other curriculum areas as well as informally with staff. Absolute confidence in staff confidentiality is vital. We take care to ensure that the victim is protected and secure as well as being supported.
Please click the link here for the student version of the Anti-bullying policy (can also be found in the 'Student' section of the website).