Beat the Bullies Booklet
It is the aim of the following booklet to support practitioners, children, young people and their families to recognise and respond to bullying at school. Responding to Evidence or Concerns:
5:2 Outline policies and procedures to follow in response to concerns or evidence of bullying. Explain why these are in place: As part of the Every Child Matters agenda set out by the previous Government (Education Act 2002 and the children Act 2004), it is the duty of St Matthew’s Primary School to ensure that children and young people are protected from potential harm. In order to do this, we need to involve children, young people and their families/guardians in this process and help to make them recognise and respond to bullying within or outside the school environment. Policies and procedures are in place at St Matthew’s to ensure the continued safety of all of our children and to follow strict guidelines if/when a situation arises which needs to be dealt with thoroughly and swiftly to eradicate further bullying and potential harm. St Matthew’s ‘Anti-Bullying’, ‘E-Safety/Cyber Bullying’ and ‘Behaviour’ policies identify the definition of bullying and outline both direct and indirect forms of bullying. The three policies should be read and used in conjunction for best outcomes. Incident Management
The following steps will be taken when dealing with incidents:- * If bullying is suspected or reported, the incident will be dealt with immediately by the member of staff who has been approached. * A clear account of the incident will be recorded and given to the Head teacher (Safeguarding Officer). * The Head teacher will interview all concerned and record the incident. * Class teachers will be informed.
* Parents will be kept informed. Sanctions will be used as appropriate and in consultation with all parties concerned.
Pupils who have been bullied will be supported by:-
* Offering an opportunity to discuss the experience (if appropriate). * Reassuring the pupil that action is being taken.
* Offering continuous support.
* Restoring self-confidence and self-esteem.
* Helping the child build resilience.
* Empower the child to make positive and informed choices. Pupils who are bullying will be helped by:-
* Discussing what happened and the consequences of bullying. * Discovering why the child became involved in this behaviour. * Establishing the wrong doing and need to change.
* Informing parents/guardians to help change the attitude of the child. * Consider whether there are underlying issues such as the child may need to go on the SEN Register and given the support of an Individual Education Plan, and include outside agencies (Specialist Teacher). The following disciplinary steps will be considered to demonstrate that their behaviour is unacceptable and to promote change * Child will be removed from immediate contact with victim (classroom/playground). * Loss of privileges in the context of the incident. This may be loss of playtime, choosing time or class treats. In an isolated incident this will be deemed sufficient in accordance with established School behaviour Policy. * The bully must understand the wrong and make amends to the victim (in context). * Persistent bullying will involve the child in monitoring their own behaviour and reporting daily to the Head teacher. This will then slowly be reduced to reporting on a weekly basis. * Extreme cases, which fail to be resolved, will require the interventions of the governors who may have to decide to exclude the child for a ‘cooling off’ period. * As a final measure all parties; parents, teachers, governors, and additional support may decide that a change of school environment is the only solution for the child. This would hopefully benefit both the victim and the bully to have ‘fresh starts’. Within the curriculum the school will raise the awareness...