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Anti-bullying Information for Parents

 

WE’RE BETTER WITHOUT BULLYING
 
Information for Parents
We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere. We want our school to be safe and happy for everyone with Take Care at the centre to create a climate where all can flourish and be respected.
 
Bullying of any kind is unacceptable in our school
 
However, we recognise that:
  • Bullying will happen from time to time
  • The fact that it is not always reported does not mean it is not happening
  • Bullying makes children’s lives unhappy and can hinder learning
 
The aim of this leaflet is to reassure parents that Orston Primary School will respond positively and effectively to any bullying that may take place.
 
Bullying – a definition
We believe that bullying occurs when one child (or a group of children) hurts another child.
  • On purpose
  • Over and over again
  • Knowing that it upsets them
 
We recognise that bullying can be physical, verbal or emotional or can take the form of cyber-bullying,
 
 
 
 
How does the school try to prevent bullying?
  • We are a Telling School with No Bystanders
 
We expect all children to challenge any bullying they see and report any bullying to an adult. Anyone who sees bullying happen and does not tell anyone is supporting the bullying.
 
  • We are careful to check Excuses
 
If it was a game, was everyone enjoying it?
If it was a joke, was everyone laughing?
If it was an accident, was the victim treated accordingly?
If it was borrowed, did the owner give permission?
  • We undertake to investigate any alleged incidents of bullying whether reported by children or parents.
  • We remind children on a regular basis about our approach to preventing bullying as part of our PSHE and Assembly programmes.
 
How would you know if your child is being bullied?
If your child is being bullied there may be changes that you
can see in their behaviour. For example, if your child:
  • becomes frightened of walking to or from school
  • is unwilling to come to school
  • feels ill in the morning.
 
These signs and behaviours could indicate other problems
as well, but do not hesitate to come in and talk to your
child’s teacher.
 
 What will the school’s response be?
  • We will accept what your child has said and take their concerns seriously
  • We will investigate the incident(s), talking separately with all the children involved
  • If bullying has occurred, we will record the incident and the bully will receive a formal warning and will be asked to apologise. The victim will be assured that they should immediately report any future incidents and know that they will be listened to
  • We will monitor the children’s behaviour over the following few days to check all is well
  • We will inform parents of the outcome of the investigation
  • If there are repeated or serious incidents, parents will be informed and invited to meet with the class teacher or Headteacher
 
What can your child do if they are being bullied?
We teach the children:
  • To laugh at or ignore the bully
  • To be firm with the bully saying “No” loudly and clearly
  • To say clearly that what the bully is doing is not acceptable
  • To get away from the situation as quickly as possible
  • To stay with a group or seek out other friends
  • To tell an adult what has happened straight away
  • To realise that if they are bullied, it is not their fault
 
Parents should not instruct children to ‘give as good as they get’ or hit back. This simply leads to further problems. We help children at Orston Primary School to be assertive rather than aggressive.
We hope you have found this leaflet useful. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any worries.
Helen Jennings, HEADTEACHER

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