‘Live And Learn With Jesus’
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Leigh
Live and Learn with Jesus.
We follow Jesus through fairness, kindness, love, friendship and happiness.
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School is an inclusive community that promotes the development of the whole person through God’s love, learning, growth and friendship.
Statement of Intent
Sacred Heart School is committed to providing an environment which is safe and supportive to all the pupils that we work with.
We believe that all pupils, their parents/carers, staff and volunteers in school have the right to be protected from bullying and abusive behaviour.
Sacred Heart is a ‘telling school’ which means that even if the bullying target is too afraid to tell someone, all the bystanders know that it is their duty to do so. This is then a deterrent because the bully knows that they won’t get away with it.
The aim of this policy is to promote an environment where bullying and abusive behaviour is regarded as unacceptable allowing pupils and staff to feel secure and safe.
All staff, governors, pupils and parents/carers should have an understanding of the definition and consequences of bullying.
The policy aims to ensure that incidents of bullying will be dealt with consistently and in a constructive and fair manner when they occur by setting out the procedures for dealing with such incidents, so that all those involved are clear about what they can expect and what is expected of them.
This policy has clear links to school Behaviour Policy, Health and Safety Policy, PSHE Policy and Child Protection Policy and adheres to the DCSF ‘Bullying Charter Principles stated below.
DCSF Bullying Charter Principles
For pupils who experience bullying:
For pupils who engage in bullying behaviour:
For headteacher, governors and other school staff:
This policy was compiled after consultation with children/young people, staff, parents/carers and following advice from Local and National Government agencies. The children are invited to take part in the Wigan ‘On Line’ bullying survey each November and school undertakes a ‘Parent Satisfaction Survey’ annually.
What is Bullying?
Definition of Bullying
‘Behaviour by an individual or group, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally’ (DCSF – Safe to learn – embedding Anti Bullying work in schools).
Bullying can take many forms but all will be taken seriously here at Sacred Heart School. Bullying behaviours may take the form of:-
Cyberbullying: e.g. chat room/blogs/message boards, e mail, games console, instant messaging (MSN, Yahoo, AOL) mobile phones including photos, social network sites e.g. Facebook, Bebo, video hosting sites (You Tube) and webcams.
Damage to Property: e.g. graffiti, damage to personal property.
Inciting others to bullying behaviour: e.g. encouraging pupils to bully others so that they receive the consequences rather than the instigator.
Literature: e.g. distribution/possession of posters/leaflets, literature or material including the wearing or display of offensive insignia.
Physical hurt/attack: e.g. physical intimidation, mimicry, unwanted or inappropriate touching.
Psychological: e.g. damage to reputation (sexual, denial of identity, gender/ethnicity) extortion of belongings, identity theft/impersonation, isolation/refusal to work/play with others, revealing personal information, threats.
Verbal: e.g. joke making, mimicry/ridicule, name calling, spreading rumours, swearing, verbal abuse.
Victimisation after previous complaint: e.g. bullying due to either victims or bystanders speaking out as a result of a past bullying incident.
Different types of Bullying include:-
Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching, tripping or any use of violence.
Verbal – name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing, insulting a person or their family, threats of physical violence.
Emotional – Excluding someone from a group, humiliation, tormenting, graffiti, gestures.
Racist – Insulting language/gestures based on a person’s actual or perceived ethnic origin or faith, name calling, graffiti, racially motivated attacks.
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 – bullying by text message, on the internet (in chat rooms, on bulletin boards and through instant messaging services), hate websites.
Related to disability, SEN or health – behaviour perceived to be insulting to people with a range of medical, mobility, sensory, mental health or learning impairments.
All of the above behaviours are unacceptable and will not be tolerated or condoned.
Signs & Symptoms of Bullying
Signs and Symptoms of Bullying
Signs of bullying can be extremely variable and will very much depend on the individual but some of the more common signs include:-
Physical signs – physical injuries, damaged clothing, with no convincing explanation and general ill health due to stress.
Emotional signs – e.g. mood swings, apparent changes in personality, constant anxiety/nervousness, depression or tearfulness for no apparent reason, lack of confidence, negative self image, hostility and defensiveness.
Behavioural signs – withdrawn, frequent unexplained absences, poor concentration, eating disorders, alcohol/substance misuse, evidence of self harming, disruptive/challenging/bullying behaviour.
General – frequently ‘lose’ money/possessions, appears tired and lethargic, avoids entering/leaving school with others or playtimes.
Strategies for Prevention and Reduction of Incidents
Sacred Heart School already has in place a number of strategies to reduce the likelihood of bullying occurring.
Responding to Bullying
Bullying allegations can come from a number of different sources including from the child, child’s friend, parent/carer, or staff member and in all cases will be taken seriously and acted upon.
Within school there a number of opportunities for bullying to be reported; e.g. through class worry bags, speaking to a member of staff, through the school council, Circle time sessions.
Responding to Bullying Incidents
Sacred Heart School will respond to bullying allegations using the ‘7 steps’ approach. (See Appendix 3)
Recording and Reporting Incidents
All reported incidents must be recorded on a Bullying/Racist/Homophobic Incident Form (See Appendix 1). Copies may be found in the staff room, staff notice board and the Head Teachers Office.
Where actions have been taken they should be recorded on the incident form.
The incident form will then be passed to the Headteacher who will ensure that any further actions required are taken and that the incident is recorded using the Sentinel system which reports such incidents to the Local Authority.
Monitoring and Support
The level of monitoring and support will vary related to the severity of the incident and the individuals involved. (See flowchart Appendix 2)
Prejudice Related Incidents
Prejudice related incidents, e.g. racist graffiti or sexist language, needs to be addressed but may not constitute bullying because they are not repeated, not intentional or not directed at an individual. Such incidents will also be recorded using the Sentinel system as Sacred Heart School actively promotes equality and cohesion and therefore operates a zero tolerance approach to all forms of bullying and prejudice related incidents.
Bullying of Staff by Pupil, Parents or Other Staff
Staff are also encouraged to report incidents of bullying of staff to the Senior Management Team in School. Staff may also report incidents/concerns to Governors should they feel it inappropriate to report to Senior Management Team. Staff are also made aware of the school ‘Whistleblowing Policy’ a copy of which is available in the Staff Room. All members of staff suffering from or concerned about bullying can also contact their trade union or professional association for support and advice.
Involvement of Parents in the consultation stages of the policy is highly valued.
In adopting the ‘7 steps’ approach parent consultation is part of the procedures, with clear steps showing when parents will become informed. Parents/carers are welcome to come and discuss any concerns they may have with their child’s class teacher. Alternatively they may contact the Senior Management Team through the regular drop in sessions advertised on the School Newsletter, or the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher or Learning Mentor who will be happy to listen to their concerns.
Anti Bullying Complaints
If parents/carers are unhappy with how a bullying allegation has been handled they should firstly contact the Class Teacher. If they are not happy to speak to the Class Teacher then they should contact the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher. School does have a formal complaints procedure for such incidents and a copy of this can be obtained via the Headteacher.
Monitoring & Evaluation
This policy will be reviewed at least every two years. Data will be gathered during that time to assess whether the policy is working. This will be through surveys, consultation and analysis of incident data.
APPENDIX 1 - Click here
APPENDIX 2 - Click here
APPENDIX 3 - Click here
Adapted: Summer Term 2020
Review Summer Term 2022