Anti-Bullying at St Michael's CE PrimarySchool
“Treat others as you would want to be treated” (Matthew 7v 12)
At St. Michaels, the School Community (pupils, staff, parents, governors) work in partnership to create and uphold a culture and ethos of anti-bullying.
Pupils and adults realise that bullying behaviour is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. As a Church school, our ethos is to encourage children to foster positive and caring relationships. We encourage all members of our school community to live out Christian values and to be kind, caring, forgiving, tolerant and respectful of one another.
Pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Through the provision of a safe environment, empowering education and established boundaries, all pupils in our care are enabled to make choices safely.
Pupils and adults feel willing to report bullying behaviour, confident that they will be listened to and action taken to remedy the situation.
In school we intended to:
- Raise the awareness of the school community about the school’s stance towards bullying
- Provide strategies for preventing and dealing with bullying promptly and consistently
- Provide understanding and support for bullied pupils
- Ensure an anti-bullying culture and ethos is prevalent throughout the school
It is important to understand the definition of bullying:
- It is premeditated and forms a pattern of behaviour repeated over time rather than an isolated incident
- It involves dominance of one pupil by another, or group of others
- The main types of bullying are:
- Physical – pushing, hitting, kicking, pinching, any form of violence, threats
- Verbal – name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, persistent teasing
- Emotional – tormenting, threatening, ridicule, humiliation, exclusion from groups or activities
Nationally, it is evident that bullying may occur for a variety of reasons. Specific types include:
- Bullying related to race, religion or culture
- Bullying through the misuse of technology e.g. Internet, email, chatrooms, mobile technology such as text messages and calls as well as misuse of associated technology such as camera and video facilities on mobile phones.
- Bullying related to SEN or disabilities
- Bullying related to appearance or health conditions
- Bullying related to sexual orientation-i.e. homophobic
- Bullying of young carers, looked after children, or otherwise related to home circumstances
- Sexist or sexual bullying