Bullying is evident in all areas of life, school being no exception. This is recognised and therefore the school's action is to focus on preventative measures and to create a climate where children confidently speak out when bullying occurs and that they feel reassured that teachers will respond and support them as necessary.
POSITIVE MEASURES INCLUDE:
- Identification of what bullying is, through discussion and stories.
- Children to take responsibility to ensure that a member of staff is informed when bullying occurs and that this will help the situation and not have unpleasant repercussions.
- Encourage children to talk about how it feels to either be a victim or someone who resorts to bullying tactics.
- Recognise the undesirable behaviour as opposed to an undesirable person.
- How to constructively interact with each other.
- Teachers not making negative comparisons about home behaviour and expected standards of school.
- The practice of role play situations to demonstrate bullying behaviours and possible solutions.
- The encouragement of an understanding towards equal opportunities and to be supportive towards children/people who are different
- Monitoring incidents and giving rewards for positive behaviour from a 'bully'.
These actions will be implemented by:
- The class teacher in discussion time and circle time.
- Intervention by the Head Teacher with small groups or classes.
- Assembly times to encourage co-operation and identify specific issues.
- Intervention and support by the Playleader
- Support at the listening post