Bullying Prevention

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.

Please click here to download the PDF version of the Bullying Prevention policy

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:

  • Physical – hitting, kicking, taking belongings, sexual harassment or aggression
  • Verbal – name calling, insulting, making offensive remarks
  • Emotional – spreading nasty stories about someone, exclusion from social groups, being made the subject of malicious rumours, sending malicious e-mails or text messages on mobile phones (through social networking sites)

There are many important categories of bullying, including:

  • Socio-Economic Status
  • Gender Based
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Homophobic
  • Faith-based
  • SEN/Disability
  • Gifted/Talented
  • Cyber
  • Racist

Racist incidents

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:

  • To develop a school environment that is both safe and secure for all pupils.
  • To have in place established systems that will deal with incidents of bullying.
  • To develop confident children who will notify staff of any incident of bullying.
  • To enable parents and pupils to feel confident that bullying in any of its forms will not be tolerated.

Roles and responsibilities

Role of the Headteacher & Primary Leadership Team

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:

  • implement this policy;
  • ensure that all school personnel are aware of the policy;
  • work to create a safe, secure, caring and friendly school environment for all the children;
  • ensure that all pupils understand that bullying is wrong through curriculum provision and school assemblies;
  • ensure that all parents aware of this policy and that we do not tolerate bullying;
  • respond and deal with all incidents of bullying;
  • ensure that incidents are recorded, monitored and if necessary reported to parents;
  • monitor incidents and analyze patterns / repeated incidents and ensure that preventative
  • strategies are based around data collection;
  • monitor the effectiveness of this policy;

Role of teachers, learning assistants and support staff

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:

  • regularly discussing the definition of bullying with pupils (including being a bystander);
  • being aware of the signs of bullying in order to prevent bullying taking place;
  • taking all forms of bullying seriously;
  • encouraging pupils to report any incidents of bullying to any member of the primary leadership team;
  • report all incidents of bullying;
  • raise awareness of the wrongs of bullying through PSHE, BISS Values, and School
  • Assemblies;
  • use preventative strategies such as circle time, circle of friends and playground buddy systems;
  • comply with this policy.

The role of the pupils

Pupils have a duty to adhere to the following:

  • report at the earliest opportunity if they are being bullied;
  • report at the earliest opportunity if they see someone being bullied;
  • use the curriculum and other opportunities presented by the school to discuss ways of preventing bullying.

The role of the parents

Parents are an essential part of ensuring bullying prevention. Their role includes:

  • being aware of and support this policy;
  • report to the school any concerns they have of their child being bullied;
  • be assured that the school will deal with all incidents of bullying;
  • be assured that they will be informed of incidents and will be involved in discussions;
  • work with the school to draw up ideas that will help to support a child.

Incidents and investigations

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.

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