Anti Bullying

Antibullying Week Poster

 

Anti-Bullying Week in England is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and this year takes place from the 12-16 November 2018.

The theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2018 was to Choose Respect.

Following a consultation with over 800 children, teachers and members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, it emerged that a top priority was showing that bullying is a behaviour choice, and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online.

The aims of the week were to support schools and other settings to help children and young people, school staff, parents and other professionals who work with children to understand:

  • The definition of respect.
  • That bullying is a behaviour choice.
  • That we can respectfully disagree with each other e.g we don't have to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to respect each other.
  • That we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online.

Academies within the GLC believe that the way we feel about our relationships and ourselves has a major impact on our ability to learn. Pupils need to feel safe and secure at their Academy in order to learn and achieve. Research shows that the most common effects of bullying are anxiety and depression, poor self‐esteem and withdrawal. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Pupils who are bullying need help to learn different ways of behaving.

Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally.

Bullying can be:

  • Emotional ‐ being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, using threatening gestures)
  • Physical ‐ pushing, kicking, punching or any use of violence.
  • Racist ‐ racial taunts, graffiti, gestures.
  • Sexual ‐ unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments.
  • Homophobic ‐ because of, or focusing on the issue of sexuality.
  • Verbal – name‐calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours and teasing.
  • Cyber ‐ email and internet chat room misuse, mobile phone threats by text, calls, social websites.

These forms of bullying can take place at school, both in and outside of the classroom, as well as via social networks and the internet.  At the GLC, we recognise that there is no “hierarchy” of bullying – all forms of bullying should be taken equally seriously and dealt with appropriately.  We understand that bullying can take place between pupils, between pupils and staff, or between staff; by individuals or groups; face‐to‐face, indirectly or using a range of cyber bullying methods.

We aim to create an environment across the GLC where pupils can grow and flourish without fear.   Each pupil has the right to be safe in and out of school and to be protected when s/he is feeling vulnerable.  We aim:

  • To ensure that children learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment, without fear of being bullied.
  • To demonstrate that the GLC Academies take bullying seriously and that it will not be tolerated.
  • To take measures to prevent all forms of bullying in the GLC Academies and during off‐site activities.
  • To support everyone in actions to identify and protect those who might be bullied.
  • To clarify for all pupils and staff that bullying is wholly and always unacceptable.
  • To demonstrate to all that the safety and happiness of pupils is paramount.
  • To promote an environment where children feel they can trust and tell adults if they are being bullied or know about any bullying.
  • To promote positive attitudes in pupils (including conflict management training).
  • To ensure that all staff are aware of their duty of care over those in their charge and the need to be alert to signs of bullying.
  • To ensure that all staff are aware of procedures through regular training.
  • To raise awareness of bullying and promote positive relationships based on mutual respect.

The purpose of the anti-bullying policy, which can be found on the GLC website is to:

Provide a framework to promote the emotional health and well being of the GLC by providing:

  • A supportive culture and ethos.
  • A curriculum which supports positive relationships.
  • A safe, secure and stimulating environment.
  • Strategies to support the victim and the bully.
  • A consistent approach to dealing with incidents of bullying.