The policy provides guidance on preventing and responding to incidents of bullying in the school and should be read in conjunction with the BISS Primary Behaviour Policy and the BISS safeguarding policy.
Under no circumstances will we tolerate any form of bullying, including bullying around race, religion and culture, special educational needs and disabilities, cyberbullying, homophobic bullying, sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying. All allegations of bullying will be taken seriously and investigated professionally. Recognised incidents of bullying will be dealt with promptly and effectively. It is made explicit and clear to everyone involved at BISS that we expect both children and adults to respect one another as equal members of our school community. To this end, we will aim to foster a sense of belonging and mutual support that extends to every part of our school.
A definition of bullying:
Bullying is “a persistent, deliberate attempt to hurt or humiliate someone and often involves an imbalance of power where a person or group of people repeatedly and intentionally cause emotional and/or physical harm to another person or group of people.”
Bullying can take many forms, but the three main types are:
There are many important categories of bullying, including:
Racist Incidents and Racist Bullying
A racist incident is “any unkind words or actions towards an individual or group because of their colour, ethnic group, culture, faith or nationality.”
Not all racist incidents, however, are necessarily instances of racist bullying. Racist bullying is included in the general definition of bullying, see above, because of a persons’ colour, ethnicity, culture, language, faith community, national origin or national status.
Our aims and objectives:
Roles and responsibilities
The Headteacher and Primary Leadership Team have a duty to encourage good behaviour, the respect for others and to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils.
Therefore, this team will:
It is everyone’s responsibility to be alert and challenge any form of bullying, including intimidation, physical and verbal abuse, cyberbullying, exclusion, persistent name calling and racism or other forms of prejudice. In particular, these staff are responsible for:
Pupils have a duty to adhere to the following:
Parents are an essential part of ensuring bullying prevention. Their role includes:
All reported incidents are investigated and dealt with.
Parents are informed of events and what actions have been taken (where appropriate). Records will be kept of all incidents and their outcomes.
See Incident Management Flow Chart & Bullying Assessment Flow Chart
Incidents outside of School
A good deal of bullying can take place outside of school, to and from school, on school transport, school trips or on mobile phones and social networking sites. All pupils are expected to comply with the BISS Primary Behaviour Policy which includes behaviour during ECAs and whilst on school buses.
The school may take reasonable steps, at the discretion of the Head Teacher, to investigate incidents that have a negative impact on the orderly running of the school and/or might pose a threat to another pupil during school time or member of staff.