Anti-Bullying at St James
At St James' we take bullying very seriously. Pupils and parents should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported to a member of staff.
We have three rules which are:
- Be Safe
- Be Respectful
- Be Individual
In school we work to promote an ethos where children are safe, respectful and individual. We aim draw upon these core values to illustrate how bullying can be prevented and resolved. The School recognises that children will learn best in a safe and calm community that is free from disruption and in which education is the primary focus. Staff, children and parents have a responsibility to report bullying as soon as possible. They also have a responsibility to implement the preventative strategies outlined in our Anti-Bullying policy.
We use a shared moto at St James' which we promote through posters around the school and assemblies.
What is bullying?
Bullying is 'Behaviour by an individual or a group, usually repeated over time that intentionally hurts another individual either physically or emotionally'.
Bullying can include: name calling, taunting, mocking, making offensive comments, kicking, hitting, taking belongings, inappropriate text messaging and electronic messaging (including through web-sites, social networking sites and instant messenger), sending offensive or degrading images by phone or via the internet, producing offensive graffiti, gossiping, excluding people from groups and spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours. Not all unpleasantness between pupils is bulling, some can be regarded as random acts of unkindness such as refusing to talk to a person.
How do we educate the children about bullying?
Each year, we as a school take part in Anti-Bullying Week (held in the month of November). Anti-Bullying Week shines a spotlight on bullying and encourages all children, teachers and parents to take action against bullying. Over the course of Anti-Bullying Week, we hold a number of school assemblies and each class completes a number of activities designed at educating the children about what bullying is and how to deal with its different forms effectively.
Anti-Bullying is a regular theme for Collective Worship and during the spring term we have a three week focus on Anti-Bullying. Through Collective worship, we explore trust, courage and humility, and how these relate to anti-bullying in our school.
We have introduced an Anti-Bullying policy for the children of St James' explaining bullying and what they should do if they feel that they are being bullied.
Ways of reporting bullying:
If pupils witness bullying or feel they are being bullied they can tell any member of staff who must pass the information on to the relevant class teachers or the Headteacher.
Pupils may also write down any worries they have about bullying and put theses into a worry box for Mrs Turner to read. This information may be passed on to class teachers or Miss Lee, our Learning Mentor.
What do staff do?
If a member of staff witnesses bullying they must record this onto our online reporting system, CPOMS which will alert Mrs Fellows, Mrs Turner Miss Hennessy and Miss Lee, who will take appropriate action.
What should parents/ members of the public do?
Parents can report bullying by:
- Speaking to their child's class teacher
- Phoning the school: 01206865747
- E-mailing the family liaison officer: Miss Lee
If you think your child is being bullied by other pupils at his or her school you should speak to the school.
How you can help your child if he or she is being bullied
If your child tells you that he or she is being bullied, you should:
- Reassure your child that he or she has done the right thing by telling you
- Make a note of everything your child tells you about the bullying
- Encourage your child to write things down when they happen
- Tell your child to report any further bullying to a teacher or adult straight away
- Talk to your child's teacher or headteacher about the bullying.