Our anti-bullying process:
If a child feels upset, and it is more than a mean moment, then we sit with the children involved and the child who is upset explains how they feel and why. This empowers them to be resolving the issue rather than seeing themselves as a victim, but supports them by having an adult there. The child who has been behaving in a way that has upset them listens and has a chance to ask questions. We discuss that now that the child knows the other one is upset by their behaviour that they have a choice to stop or carry on. We explain that if they carry on then that would be bullying. The children then promise to do or not do certain things and we write a contract. We then talk about how you signing is binding and you don't sign unless you are going to stick to it. The child who was upset then chooses when we are going to review their anti-bullying contract - maybe every day, maybe after a week: it is up to them.
We then ring all sets of parents to tell them and send a copy of the contract to class and a copy home.
We also do a very similar process for a Friendship contract for children who are struggling to manage relationships.
Mrs Anne Neary (Headteacher)
As a school we are very aware of the increase in bullying and its raised profile in the media. We feel that it is very important to make sure all staff, parents and children understand what we mean by the definition of bullying. We have worked with both parents and children to come up with a shared definition in the hope to reduce the overuse of the term bullying. As such we use the wording 'bullying' and 'mean moment' to separate incidents of varying degrees of seriousness. However, it is important to note that regardless of whether it is a mean moment or bullying behaviour it is taken equally seriously and dealt with because for the child who feels upset, it is serious regardless of whether it is bullying or a mean moment.
We have worked with our values ambassadors to create an image of what bullying may look like and how this compares to a mean moment. We included on this poster the steps the children could take to resolve their issues and who they can approach with their problem. We then presented this to a parent’s liaison group to gather their thoughts and feedback.
Each week we have a focus image, scenario or quote focusing on the issue of friendship. The children discuss these in assembly and as part of their early work. The children's thoughts are collated and placed in the 'Friendship Forum' section of our newsletter.
We have recently reviewed our 'Anti-Bullying' policy and this is available for parents to read on the website.
Miss Katrina Randall