At St Gregory’s we take bullying seriously and work hard to ensure that any cases of bullying are addressed immediately.
What is bullying?
The Anti-Bullying Alliance defines bullying as:
‘The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face to face or online’.
There are four key elements to this definition:
· power imbalance
How we respond to bullying at St Gregory’s:
If any member of staff is aware of or has a bullying incident reported to them they will investigate using the following strategies:
- Reflection: Give the child and bully time for reflection and record in their own words if possible (if unable to then scribe for them) what happened and how it could have been different
- Resolution: Ask how we can ensure it does not happen again
- Reconciliation: Discuss how we can put things right between those involved
All incidents will be logged
In serious cases, the class teacher and a member of the Leadership Team will inform and meet with the parents to discuss the problem
Care and support must be given to both the victim and the bully. Children who have been bullied will be supported by:
- The offer of an immediate opportunity to discuss the experience with a member of staff i.e. TA, class teacher or Pupil Support Mentor
- Offer of continued support from a named member of staff
- Restoration of self-esteem and confidence
- Offer of continual support and advice to parents
- Being informed about the outcome of the investigation into their concerns
Children who have bullied will be helped by:
- Discussion on what happened
- Discovering why they became involved
- Establishing the wrong-doing and the need for change
- Informing parents to help change the attitude of the child
- Referral to an outside agency if necessary
- Attendance at a mediation (restorative justice) meeting with the victim to resolve issues and prevent recurrence
In serious cases the bully may receive an internal exclusion (i.e. lunchtime or lesson time) a fixed exclusion or a permanent exclusion based on the severity of the bullying. Incidents of bullying will be reported regularly to the Academy Governing Body.
What can parents do?