It is if individuals or groups of pupils are regularly involved in:
- name calling
- verbally or physically threatening behaviour
- pressuring children to give someone money or possessions
- physical attack
- damaging another child's possessions
- spreading rumours about a child or their family
- using text, email, any form of social networking or web space to write or say hurtful things about a child (cyberbullying).
The school will undertake a series of activities to help ensure that children are “safe to learn”. These include:
- Safe to Learn activities for all pupils in the first half term of each school year culminating in a Western Safe to Learn “contract” (appendix A) between pupils and staff.
- Safe to Learn information sheet (appendix B) issued to parents in the first half term of each school year detailing procedures for addressing bullying.
- Safe to Learn Helpsheet (appendix C) for all Y2-Y6 pupils detailing procedures for dealing with bullying issued in the first half term of each school year.
- Assembly and classroom circle time reinforcing the Safe to Learn contract during Anti-bullying week in November of each year.
Children report incidents to staff or parents raise concerns with staff
In cases of bullying, staff will record incidents on an incident record (see appendix D). This should be forwarded immediately to the headteacher. An incident file will be maintained in the school office.
In most cases parents will be informed and will be asked to come to a meeting to discuss the problem
If necessary and appropriate, police may be consulted
The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying will be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly
Work will be undertaken to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour
After incidents have been investigated and dealt with, each case will be monitored by the class teacher to ensure repeated bullying does not take place.
The headteacher will report to governors on a termly basis on the Safe to Learn policy.
This policy will be reviewed annually.
We are working together to create a school community where every pupil is safe to learn.
- Every year, each pupil and parent will be given information about our Safe to Learn policy.
- Staff promise to listen to pupils when they have concerns that they are not safe to learn and to help pupils to quickly sort out any problems.
- Pupils promise to help each other to feel safe to learn.
- Parents promise to work with school to help pupils feel safe to learn.
- Governors promise to check that the Safe to Learn policy is making a difference in school.
It is if individuals or groups are regularly:
- calling your child names
- threatening him/her
- pressuring your child to give someone money or possessions
- hitting your child
- damaging your child's possessions
- spreading rumours about your child or your family
- using text, email or web space to write or say hurtful things about your child (cyberbullying).
It is also bullying if your child feels hurt because of things said about their ethnic background, religious faith, gender, sexuality, disability, special educational need, appearance or specific issues in your family.
Talk to us about the bullying as quickly as possible. At Western , your first contact point to report concerns about bullying is your child’s class teacher. They are best contacted at 3.30pm. You can also call 0191 2007250 to speak with the headteacher, or a message can be left with the school reception.
- It will help us if you can bear in mind that the teacher may have no idea that your child is being bullied or may have heard conflicting accounts of an incident.
- Be as specific as possible about what your child says has happened, give times, places and names of other pupils involved.
- Ask if there is anything you can do to help your child.
- Stay in touch with us and let us know if things improve as well as if problems continue.
Western does not tolerate bullying. We:
- work to make sure that the person being bullied is safe
- work to stop the bullying happening again
- provide support to the person being bullied
- take actions to ensure that the person doing the bullying learns not to harm others
- work as quickly as we can so that you know we take bullying seriously.
- Families who feel that their concerns are not being addressed appropriately might like to consider the following steps:
- Firstly, make an appointment to discuss the matter with the head teacher.
- If this does not help, write to the chair of governors explaining your concerns and what you would like to see happening.
If you need further support and information at any stage or the problem remains unresolved, ring the helpline at Parentline Plus 0808 800 2222 or contact other local and national support groups.
It is if you feel hurt because a pupil or pupils often:
- call you names
- threaten you
- pressure you to give someone money or possessions
- hit you
- damage your possessions
- spread rumours about you or your family
- use text, email or the internet to write or say hurtful things.
We want you to be safe to learn. We do not tolerate bullying. This is what we do about bullying:
- make sure that the person being bullied is safe
- work to stop the bullying happening again
- provide support to the person being bullied.
- try to stay calm and look as confident as you can
- be firm and clear — look them in the eye and tell them to stop
- get away from the situation as quickly as possible
- tell an adult what has happened straight away
- if you do not feel comfortable telling an adult, tell another child who can tell an adult or put a note in the worry box in the chillout room.
- tell a teacher or another adult in your school
- tell your family
- if you are scared to tell a teacher or an adult on your own, ask a friend to go with you or put a note in the worry box in the chillout room
- keep on speaking until someone listens and does something to stop the bullying
- don't blame yourself for what has happened.
If you find it difficult to talk to anyone at school or at home, ring ChildLine on freephone 0800 1111. This is a confidential helpline.