Anti-bullying and behaviour
At St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School we recognise that inappropriate behaviour will arise. We accept that this is normal when children are learning and testing the boundaries of acceptable behaviour. However, we assert that children have a right to learn and that teachers have a right to teach. No-one should be prevented from learning by the poor behaviour of others.
Golden Rules for everyone at St Joseph’s
These rules are simple and are designed to create a calm, happy and safe atmosphere.
- Everyone has the right to learn
- Everyone has the right to be respected
- Everyone has the right to feel safe
The Golden Rules are widely publicised at St Joseph’s and clearly set out principles that must be respected and adhered to. The Golden Rules are exemplified through each class’ charter.
School Courtesy Code shown by children
The Courtesy Code highlights the behaviours that stem from the Golden Rules and are expected of the children.
- smile and welcome visitors
- remember “please” and “thank you”
- walk quietly in school
- wait for a break in conversation, say “excuse me”
- let adults (and younger children) through the door first
- offer to hold doors open
This Courtesy Code is widely publicised at St Joseph’s and clearly sets out principles that must be respected and adhered to.
We believe that each pupil should be given every opportunity to take responsibility for and to make a full contribution to improving behaviour in school. We must all have a collective commitment to this policy.
The importance of parents and carers in supporting this policy
The school recognises parents as the prime educators of their children and so parents have a vital role in promoting good behaviour in school. Effective home/school liaison is very important. St Joseph’s expects to be given the full support of parents in dealing with their child’s behaviour.
We encourage parents to:
- keep us informed of behaviour difficulties they may be experiencing at home
- keep the school informed of issues which may affect their children
The school will endeavour to achieve good home/school liaison by;
- promoting a welcoming environment within the school
- giving parents regular constructive and positive comment on their child’s work and
- involving parents at an early stage in any problems regarding learning or behaviour
St. Joseph's has signed up to 'The Diana Award' Anti-Bullying Campaign entitled 'Don't Face it Alone': www.antibullyingpro.com/dont-face-it-alone . You can also see a video about primary children's experiences of bullying: www.youtube.com
St. Joseph's also has links with the Anti-Bullying Alliance, of which several resources are below and can be accessed here: www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk
The lead person with responsibility for developing the anti-bullying section of this policy is a member of the school’s senior leadership team.
Roles and responsibilities
The lead person will:
- develop the policy in line with good practice
- ensure that agreed protocols are followed
- evaluate the progress the school is making in relation to the anti-bullying agenda
Class teachers are responsible for the day-to-day implementation of practices and they will:
- support the development of an appropriate culture within school
- support children who have experienced bullying
- respond to children who have bullied
- model appropriate, respectful behaviour
Children in this school will:
- embrace a culture that respects difference
- support children who have experienced bullying behaviours.
- model appropriate, respectful behaviour
Governors are responsible for monitoring the above
Our school asked children to define bullying and they responded that bullying is:
- ‘People being nasty or doing nasty things to you’
- ‘People picking on you and when you feel like the joke has gone too far’
- ‘When someone has more power over you’
In generic terms (and as stated in the DfE document 2011 “Preventing and Tackling Bullying – Advice for School Leaders, Staff and Governing bodies”) bullying is described as ‘behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally.’
The school defines bullying as:
- Behaviour which is deliberately harmful
- Behaviour which is repeated over a period of time
- Behaviour which makes it difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves
There are four main types of bullying. They are:
- Physical for example, hitting, kicking, taking belongings
- Verbal for example, name calling, insulting, racist remarks
- Indirect for example, spreading unpleasant and hurtful remarks about someone
- Exclusion for example, excluding children form their friendship groups
This school recognises the harm caused by bullying ‘beyond the school gates’. This may include cyber-bullying, which the school takes very seriously.
Our community is developing a culture that embraces differences and never tolerates bullying. We are doing this through:
- a whole school emphasis on care for individuals, love of one another and respect for each other.
- every member of staff will listen to any child who has a problem, showing sensitivity and giving support and counselling to the bullied and bully to help prevent further incidents.
- the delivery of an appropriate curriculum, through PSHE following the Rainbow scheme of work, RE through God Matters, ensuring positive role models with protected characteristics in history, science and literature are included in curriculum planning
- talking to pupils about difference in assemblies, dedicated events and lessons.
- training for staff to ensure a knowledge about diversity and issues associated with bullying
- the modelling of appropriate respectful behaviour by staff, pupils and other members of the school community.
More information can be found in our School Behaviour Policy below.
Additional Anti-Bullying Resources
- Preventing and Tackling Bullying – Advice for School Leaders, Staff and Governing bodies - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preventing-and-tackling-bullying
- The Equalities Act 2010 – this act identifies 9 protected characteristics and is the key piece of legislation that places duties on a school with respect to bullying. www.homeoffice.gov.uk/equalities/equality-act
- Anti-Bullying Alliance - Advice for parents and carers (anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk)
You can also find some documents that can help you:
- Anti-Bullying Alliance - Information Pack for Parents and Carers (see below)
- Anti-Bullying Alliance - Top tips for parents and carers (see below)
Use the interactive Anti-Bullying information tool for parents and carers here.
- Family Lives (previously Parentline Plus) 0808 800 2222 - gives support and advice for parents on any aspect of parenting and family life, including bullying.
- Contact has a helpline for families with disabled children - they can give advice on bullying issues. You can contact them on 0808 808 3555 and visit their website for more information
- The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Provides help and advice on cyberbullying, the Centre maintains a website called Think U Know for children and young people, and parents and carers about staying safe online.
- Internet Matters Provides regularly refreshed content to support parents and carers with all aspects of e-safety. Includes lots of advice on technology that can help you to protect your child online and helpful content relating to cyberbullying.
- Kidscape Provide workshops for children that need support with bullying issues as well as a helpline for parents and carers
- NSPCC and O2 have a free online safety helpline for parents and carers - 0808 800 5000
- Ofsted Parent View website This website has an online questionnaire that allows parents and carers to give their views on their child's school at any time of the year. The questionnaire asks for parents for their opinion on 12 aspects of their child's school, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour, with a final question as to whether or not they would recommend the school to other parents.
- Red Balloon Learner Centres Red Balloon provide intensive, full-time education for children aged between 9 and 18 who feel unable to return to school because they have been severely bullied. There are Red Balloon Centres all over England, and they also have a programme of online support.
- Welldoing is an independent, UK-wide directory of therapists and counsellors who are all members of reputable professional organisations. There is a seperate search function for children and adolescents in need of therapists and counsellors. It also supplies information and advice in the areas of mental health, wellbeing and development.
- Counselling Directory provides a huge support network of counsellors, enabling visitors to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs.
- Stop It Now. Confidential helpline about child sexual exploitation https://www.stopitnow.org/
- YoungMinds parent helpline: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-helpline/
- PACE (Parents Against Child Exploitation) have a parent helpline that can provide advice about online safety https://paceuk.info/for-parents/telephone-support/
- Report Harmful Content Online (provided by the UK Safer Internet Centre and South West Grid for Learning) have a website which has support about reporting content: https://reportharmfulcontent.com/