Le Rocquier School   Anti-Bullying Policy

DATE CREATED:                   2015

REVIEW DATE:                     2018

LEAD PERSON:                    Andrea Banks

Mission statement

This school is committed to creating and sustaining a safe, positive and inclusive environment for the whole school community. We believe that all students, staff and parents/carers have the right to be protected from bullying and abusive behaviour. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at Le Rocquier School.  If bullying does occur, incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.

Who the policy applies to

This policy was developed and is reviewed and monitored through consultation with the whole school community and is in line with the States of Jersey, Education, Sport and Culture Counter Bullying Policy (2010) and applies to all members of that community. Members of the school community are:

Students (The school Council)

Teachers (both permanent and supply teachers, and specialist teachers e.g.

for music, dance and drama)

Teaching Assistants

The school counsellor

The school Education Welfare Officer

Educational Psychologist

The school nurse

Office Staff

School librarian

Lunchtime supervisors

Canteen staff

Caretakers

School technicians such as Science and Design Technology

Parents/carers

Visitors to the school

School Governors

Objectives

  • to reduce the number of students who experience bullying
  • to increase awareness of bullying behaviour, its causes and consequences in the students, staff, parents and carers who makeup the school community,
  • to help all in the school community to develop and put into practice a series of solutions to the problem of bullying.
  • to ensure that individual cases of bullying will be dealt with consistently and in a constructive and fair manner when they occur.
  • to outline clear procedures for dealing with bullying so that all members of the school community know what they can expect from the school and what the school expects of them, with regard to bullying.
  • to develop a school culture where there is a shared understanding of what bullying is and that it will not be tolerated.

What is bullying?

There are many different definitions of bullying in use, however most agree that the key factors that make behaviour bullying, as opposed to “having a laugh”, venting frustration or a non-bullying incident of physical or verbal violence/aggression are:

  • repetition of behaviour, systematically undermining a person over a period of time; and
  • an imbalance of power between the person on the receiving end of the bullying and the person or persons doing the bullying.

Le Rocquier School Definition of bullying:

Bullying is when someone does something to physically, emotionally or psychologically hurt or cause harm to someone who is in a weaker position.

Different types of bullying include:

Physical – hitting, kicking, spitting, tripping someone up, stealing/damaging someone’s belongings, etc.

Verbal – name-calling, insulting a person’s family, threats of physical violence, spreading rumours, constantly putting a person down.

Emotional/psychological – excluding someone from a group, humiliation.

Racist – insulting language/gestures based on a person’s actual or perceived ethnic origin or faith, name-calling, graffiti, racially motivated violence.

Sexual – sexually insulting language/gestures, name-calling, graffiti, unwanted physical contact.

Homophobic – insulting language/gestures based on a person’s actual or perceived sexuality, name-calling, graffiti, homophobic violence.

Electronic/Cyber – bullying by text message, bullying on the internet (in chat rooms, on bulletin boards and through instant messaging services).

Bullying is the abuse of power by one person over another. All of the types of behaviour listed above are unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Le Rocquier school.

 

How bullying will be addressed at Le Rocquier School:

  • When bullying is reported it will be taken seriously.
  • Staff and/or supporters will work with the young person who is being bullied to help them feel safe and find responses to bullying that work.
  • Staff and/or supporters will work with the young person or people who are bullying to change the bullying behaviour.
  • Wherever possible, staff will work with the parents/carers of any student who is being bullied to support and encourage that student in finding solutions to the bullying.
  • Wherever possible, staff will work with the parents/carers of any student who is bullying to support and encourage that student in finding alternatives to the bullying behaviour.
  • Staff may involve professionals from outside agencies in supporting students who are experiencing bullying or who are bullying.
  • Suspending students from school is a last resort. If particularly serious victimisation, abuse and intimidation, or physical bullying against any other person belonging to the school community is reported, those students who carried out the bullying may have to be suspended from school activities while it is investigated and solutions are sought.
  • Incidents and outcomes of bullying will be recorded by the school and, when requested, this information will be shared with the Department for Education, Sport and Culture.
  • At times, Police involvement may be necessary and the community police officer, PC Jo Carter should be informed, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mobile: 07797 711553.

Anti bullying procedure at Le Rocquier School:

This school is committed to stopping bullying behaviour. Every member of the school community should take responsibility for taking action against bullying.

Staff and Student Responsibilities

  • As part of the school community, students have a responsibility to help combat bullying by supporting other students when they are vulnerable.
  • Students should try to help other students feel less vulnerable.
  • Students must inform a member of staff if they know about bullying. 
  • Students can tell a prefect, who can offer support and advice
  • If a student is being bullied he/she will be involved in the process of deciding what action to take to help stop the bullying and any worries will be listened to and respected.
  • Form tutors, assistant heads of year, heads of year and the member of staff responsible for anti-bullying will be told about the situation
  • If necessary the school counsellor , Education Welfare Officer or senior teaching staff may be involved
  • A member of staff will let parent(s)/carer(s) know what is going on
  • If necessary, regular meetings with staff or supporters will take place to ensure that the action taken to stop the bullying is working

Students who are bullying will be dealt with in a number of ways:

  • Bullying behaviour will be challenged and dealt with fairly.
  • A bully will be given the opportunity to change her/his behaviour and encouraged and supported in doing so.
  • A bully will be expected to work with staff to look at the reasons why he/she has been bullying and to find and put into practice other ways of behaving.
  • Parent(s)/carer(s) will be informed about what is going on, and offered  the chance to help support the student who is bullying
  • A bully may have regular meetings with staff to review behaviour (e.g. every week for a month, a half-term, or a term).
  • If a student takes part in a serious campaign of victimisation, abuse, intimidation, or physical bullying against any other person belonging to the school community, he/she may be suspended from school and the community police office would also become involved

Staff

All staff can expect to be properly trained and supported in dealing with bullying. All staff will be expected to:

  • Regularly familiarise themselves with the anti-bullying policy
  • Promote a caring and positive learning environment in their classroom and in the wider area of the school 
  • Follow the procedures set out in the anti-bullying policy
  • Work together with colleagues, the school community and with outside agencies to combat bullying
  • Challenge any bullying behaviour

Parents/carers

If a student is being bullied, parents/carers can expect that:

  • The student will be listened to and treated fairly
  • Staff will do their best to address any concerns that students/parents/carers may have may have
  • Staff will generally seek to involve parents in addressing bullying behaviour

Governors

School Governors can expect to be kept up-to-date on the progress of the school’s anti-bullying work, and receive feedback. School Governors will be expected to:

  • Assist the school in the implementation of the policy
  • Acknowledge and promote the school’s anti-bullying message
     

Appendix: A

Signs and Symptoms

A student may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied.  Adults should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a student:

  • is frightened of walking to or from school
  • doesn't want to go on the school / public bus
  • begs to be driven to school
  • changes their usual routine
  • is unwilling to go to school (school phobic)
  • begins to truant
  • becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence
  • starts stammering
  • attempts or threatens suicide or runs away
  • cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares
  • feels ill in the morning
  • begins to do poorly in school work
  • comes home with clothes torn or books damaged
  • has possessions which are damaged or " go missing"
  • asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay bully)
  • has lunch or other monies continually "lost"
  • has unexplained cuts or bruises
  • is harming themselves
  • comes home starving (money / lunch has been stolen)
  • becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
  • is bullying other children or siblings
  • stops eating
  • is frightened to say what's wrong
  • gives improbable excuses for any of the above
  • is afraid to use the internet or mobile phone
  • is nervous & jumpy when a cyber message is received

These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated.