- 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.
4.Giving students opportunities to talk:
Besides 3A, 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.
Reviewed: July 2016
Next review: July 2017
The websites listed below offer direct links to other sources of information for parents and young people.
Useful information and links on LGBTQ issues.
Advisory Centre for Education: www.ace-ed.org.uk
Registered charity independent of central or local government giving free advice and support to parents of children in state schools.
Anti-Bullying Network: www.antibullying.net
Established by the Scottish Executive. Useful links and reviews for teachers, parents and students on bullying and related issues.
BBC Schools: www.bbc.co.uk/schools
Includes information about bullying.
Bully OnLine: www.bullyonline.org
Information on bullying for teachers, children and schools which details the legal procedures available. This site also lists support groups for teachers.
Bullying Online: www.bullying.co.uk
Useful information and links on bullying and related issues for parents, children and teachers.
Primarily a helpline for children but has useful information and links on bullying. Chips (Childline in Partnership with Schools) encourages schools to support students in setting up anti-bullying projects.
The Children’s Society: www-the-childrens-society.org.uk
‘Bullying! Information for parents on how to help your child’ – leaflet giving information and practical guidance.
Advice for children, parents and teachers as well as training and sample policies.
Schools Out!: www.schools-out.org.uk
Campaigns for better support networks for gay and lesbian students and clearer guidance for teachers on issues of sexuality.
Sort it!: www.sortit.org.uk
Information for visually impaired young people aged 11-16 years, including help with bullying issues.
Aims to provide easy access to the best educational websites including information on bullying for teachers, parents and young people.
‘If looks could kill: young women and bullying’ – briefing paper drawing together the latest research into the problem of bullying experienced by young women and making recommendations for schools.