There may sometimes be misunderstanding about the meaning of the term ‘bullying’: one-off incidents, whilst they may be very serious and must always be dealt with, do not fall within the definition of ‘bullying’.
Our definition of bullying is: a persistent, deliberate attempt to hurt, intimidate or humiliate someone.
Types of bullying
There are various types of bullying, but most have three things in common:
- It is deliberately hurtful behaviour.
- It is repeated over time.
There is an imbalance of power, which makes it hard for those being bullied to defend themselves.
Bullying may take various forms including:
- Physical e.g. kicking, hitting, pushing, intimidating behaviour or interference with personal property
- Verbal/Psychological e.g. threats, taunts, shunning/ostracism, name-calling/verbal abuse or spreading of rumours
- Racist Bullying e.g. physical, verbal, written, on-line or text abuse or ridicule based on differences of race, colour, ethnicity, nationality, culture or language
- Faith-based Bullying e.g. negative stereotyping, name-calling or ridiculing based on religion
- Sexist Bullying e.g. use of sexist language or negative stereotyping based on gender
- Sexual Bullying e.g. unwanted/inappropriate physical contact or sexual innuendo
- Homophobic Bullying e.g. name-calling, innuendo or negative stereotyping based on sexual orientation, gender reassignment or use of homophobic language
- SEN / Disability Bullying e.g. name-calling, innuendo, negative stereotyping or excluding from activity based on disability or learning difficulties
- Gifted/Talented Bullying e.g. name-calling, innuendo, ostracism or negative peer pressure based on high levels of ability or effort
- Cyber Bullying e.g. abuse on-line or via text message, interfering with electronic files, setting up or promoting inappropriate websites and inappropriate sharing of images from webcams/mobile phones
- Ageist Bullying e.g. age related discrimination or name calling
Where bullying takes place on the journey to and from school we will treat it as the school’s responsibility in the same way as we would if it happened during school hours.
If at any time we have reason to believe that one of our pupils is being bullied, or suffering, or likely to suffer significant harm due to an incident of bullying in any context, we will treat it as a child protection issue and proceed according to our school child protection policy
The emotional distress caused by bullying/racism/sexual harassment can lead to high levels of stress, prejudice individual pupil and whole-school achievement, and possibly lead to poor punctuality and attendance. All of our children and staff are trained/encouraged to disclose any incidents to trusted adults or older children. We take full account of the Equality Act 2010 and the DfE guidance of May 2012 as reflected above
All staff (teaching, classroom support and midday supervisory staff) are alert to signs of bullying/racism/sexual harassment and act promptly and firmly. Children and adults are likely to see a failure to respond to incidents or allegations as tolerating or legitimating the behaviour.
- We promote an anti-bullying, anti-racist, anti-sexual harassment culture of tolerance, understanding, empathy and compassion.
- All children have the right to feel safe, secure and valued in school.
- Bullying/racism/sexual harassment in any form is not tolerated.
- All children and staff are encouraged to disclose if they are being bullied or targeted in an inappropriate way.
- All staff take any disclosure that any child makes in relation to bullying/racism/sexual harassment seriously.
- Any child who has bullied/targeted/harassed another will be confronted with their actions and counselled as to the seriousness of their actions.
- Bullying/racism/sexual harassment will always be dealt with firmly.
All staff, children and governors are aware and alert to the dangers of all forms of bullying, including cyber bullying, and are taught strategies of how to deal with it if it occurs (Refer to our Safe User Policy and Safety Agreements).