The Olive Secondary School is committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our students, so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere as set out in the DCSF guidance (DCSF 00656/2007) : “Safe to Learn: Embedding Anti-Bullying Work in Schools”. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school. If bullying does occur, all students should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We strive to be a Telling School, which means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to inform staff.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is deliberately hurtful behaviour over a period of time. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim.
Bullying can be:
· Emotional being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)
· Physical pushing, kicking, punching or any use of violence
· Racist racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
· Sexual unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
· Verbal name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
Bullying hurts. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying.
Our school will therefore aim to:
· Treat everyone with respect.
· Educate everyone that bullying is unacceptable.
· Encourage students to report bullying to staff.
· Support students and parents when bullying is reported.
· Support students who are bullying in learning different ways of behaving.
Signs and Symptoms
A student may indicate, by signs or behaviour, that he 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.
· Begs to be driven to school.
· Changes their usual routine.
· Is unwilling to go to school.
· Begins truanting.
· Becomes withdrawn, anxious or lacking in confidence.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 schoolwork.
· Comes home with clothes torn or books damaged.
· Has possessions going missing.
· Asks for money or starts to steal money to pay the bully.
· Has dinner or other monies continually lost.
· Has unexplained cuts or bruises.
· Comes home hungry because money or lunch has been taken.
· Becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable.
· Is bullying other children or siblings.
· Stops eating.
· Is frightened to say what is wrong.
These signs and behaviour could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated
· Report bullying incidents to staff.
· Staff to ensure that the Behaviour Manager & Deputy are informed.
· Incidents to be recorded by the Behaviour Manager and details to be passed on to the Head on a termly basis and serious cases to be reported as soon as possible.
· The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying to be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly.
· Keep parents informed of the situation and the actions taken to resolve the issue.
· Inform parents if their child is the bully.
· Attempts made to help the bully change his behaviour.
· Use the school behaviour policy for rewards and sanctions.
At all times we will endeavour to resolve conflicts between students in a positive way, building on the individual’s sense of self worth and respect for others. Punishment must not be viewed as the final stage in resolving issues of bullying. We wish to ensure that students can work together, that bullying ceases and that the victims regain their self-confidence.
· The bully will be asked to apologise. Other consequences may take place.
· In serious cases exclusion will be considered.
· If possible the students will be reconciled.
· After the incident has been investigated each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place.
The school will include issues related to bullying in the curriculum, particularly PSHE, Nasiha, Citizenship & form time. The following methods may be included:
· Writing a set of class/school rules.
· Signing a behaviour contract.
· Writing stories or poems about bullying.
· Using role-play in drama.
· Using bullying as an assembly theme.
· Having group and class discussions.
· Use peer mentors with students who have experienced bullying.
· Displaying Anti Bullying Posters in classrooms.
· Using ABC (Anti-Bulling Campaign) as a focus in tutor groups.