Anti Bullying Statement

Anti-Bullying Statement

 Our Aims and expectations

It is a primary aim of our school that every member of our school community feels valued and respected, and that each person is treated fairly. We are a caring community, whose values are built on mutual trust and respect for all.

Our Rationale

St John’s Infant School is against all forms of bullying. This includes bullying between pupils,

staff members, parents and any other members of our community.

We define bullying as behaviour which:

  • is deliberately hurtful: physically or verbally
  • is repeated over a period of time
  • makes it difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves

We recognise that bullying can take on many forms mainly:

  • Physical – hitting, kicking, taking belongings
  • Verbal – name-calling, insulting, threatening, racist remarks
  • Indirect – spreading stories about someone, excluding someone and cyberbullying

We encourage our children and community to recognise the difference between ‘conflict’ and ‘bullying’. Children will encounter conflicts between themselves and their peers throughout their education and our staff are committed to dealing with these situations as well as equipping a child to deal with this in preparation for adult life.

Taking action and Responding

Bullying behaviour is treated very seriously and is acted on in accordance with our Behaviour policy.

If bullying does occur, children and adults are encouraged to tell somebody and to know that they will be supported by the whole community.

We will ensure that all incidents are dealt with fairly and consistently by:

  • gathering as much information as possible from all involved
  • record what has happened
  • make sure that all teaching and support staff are aware of the incident in order for them to be vigilant and responsive
  • contact parents of the children involved in the incident, to enlist their support
  • implement strategies to help change the behaviour that lead to the incident and to prevent it happening again
  • involve all the people concerned, in the solution – using the principles of restorative justice e.g. ‘how can we help (name) to change their behaviour/ what can they do to change the way they behave?

Review

The governing body reviews this statement every year. The governors may, however review it earlier than this, if the government introduces new regulations, or if the governing body receives recommendations on how the statement might be improved.

Date: October 2015