The DfE’s advice on preventing and tackling bullying is that “every school must have measures to encourage good behaviour and prevent all forms of bullying amongst pupils” (education and inspections Act 2006).
It is important that this policy is seen as being part of the whole school’s behaviour policy, safeguarding and the welfare of students, which encompasses issues such as health, safety and bullying.
Our policy against bullying is also in line with the school’s ethos on building the Islamic personality – respecting each other’s differences and encouraging a positive learning environment. This policy is shared with all pupils, members of staff as well as parents.
At Avecinna Academy we have a no tolerance approach on any form of bullying and we take great care to investigate all reports of bullying and work closely with parents and guardians to help minimise and address any bullying in our school.
Bullying is any act of aggression be they verbal, physical, psychological or deliberate exclusion of a student from other students or groups of students. We believe that a pupil is bullied if they suffer from:
- Physical buying
- Name calling
- Being threatened
- Rumours being spread about them
- Being hit
- Being outcast for any reason
- Homophobic insults
- Racist comments
- To create a school ethos that has a no tolerance policy on bullying
- To create an environment where children feel confident to disclose and discuss incidences of bullying behaviour
- To raise awareness of bullying, its forms and methods of detection
- To create awareness of bullying and the effect it has on pupils
- To develop effective procedures for recording and reporting incidents of bullying behaviour
- To develop effective and fair procedures for investigating any incidents of bullying
- Be frightened of walking to and from school.
- Change their usual route.
- Not want you to go on the school bus.
- Beg you to drive them to school.
- Be unwilling to go to school (or be ‘school phobic’).
- Feel ill in the mornings.
- Begin truanting.
- Begin doing poorly in their school work.
- Come home regularly with clothes or books destroyed.
- Come home starving (bully taking dinner money).
- Become withdrawn, start stammering, and lack confidence.
- Become distressed and anxious, stop eating.
- Attempt or threaten suicide.
- Cry themselves to sleep, have nightmares.
- Have their possessions go missing.
- This is a set of guidelines for teachers to follow if they suspect a child is being bullied or if an incidence of bullying is reported to them. Teachers should:
- Never ignore any suspected bullying
- Should not make premature assumptions about bullying
- Listen carefully to all accounts to gain a full picture of what has happened
- A problem solving approach needs to be adopted not focusing on blame but on practically solving the problem to minimize the reoccurrence
- Any investigation needs to be followed up to check that the bullying has not resumed or taken another form
- Listen carefully and with consideration to all reports of bullying
- Never ignore a problem or an incidence of bullying
- Identify all sides of the incident so that you are fully aware of the situation
- Talk to all pupils involved
- Attempt to resolve the situation with both sides sitting and discussing the incident together
- The incident needs to be recorded in the Bullying Report Form and filed in the Bullying Section of the behaviour folder
- Serious incidents need to be reported to the Head Teacher
- Follow up with the discipline procedures outlined in the Behaviour Policy
Once an incident is serious enough to be reported to the Head Teacher, the following procedure needs to be followed:
- Read the bullying report form (at end of this policy)
- Discuss with the teacher reporting the incident
- Listen carefully to all sides of the argument
- Establish how regularly the incident/bullying has been going on for
- Establish whether the discipline procedures have been exhausted
- If incident is serious or continuous then engage parents of both the child that is bullying and the one being bullied
When parents are contacted to discuss the problem and solutions that will be put in place, great care needs to be taken on the approach. This is a very sensitive subject for both parents involved and it is more productive to discuss the solution at length rather than the problem. The following points are guidelines for involving parents.
- Approach parents in a calm manner.
- Involve the parents constructively.
- Use a problem solving approach.
When approaching the parents of the bully, approach not in a blaming way but rather in a way to solve problems that their child is having at school. Make them aware of the disciplinary procedures and the schools policy against bullying.
- When approaching parents of the child who is being bullied make them aware of our policy against bullying and assure them that the school will do all that is possible to address the problem.
- Discuss with each set of parents what actions will be taken at school to solve the problem and prevent its reoccurrence.
- Ask the parents/guardians what action they will be taken at home to contribute to the solution.
- Set out a timeframe with the parents and agreed measures. These plans should initially be for two weeks and then reviewed with both set of parents.
- In serious incidences the child who is bullying may need to be excluded from the school for a period of time. Parents will need to be informed that if the measures taken do not solve the problem than permanent exclusion is possible.
- Written warning
- Voluntary apology for victims
- Class transfer
- Short/long term suspension
- Exclusion from participation in extracurricular activities
- Parent/ child meeting
- Participating in anti-bullying activities
- Whole school assembly on bullying
- Create awareness about what bullying is
- Create awareness of what constitutes bullying
- Encourage reporting of bullying
- Encourage against bullying by discussing the Islamic Personality and emphasised within the Islamic Studies curriculum
- Incorporating awareness of bullying into the Life Skills curriculum
- Show and tell assemblies help children to get to know each other in other ways and promote friendship development
- Ask students to write their own anti- bullying school rules
- Ask students to sign a behaviour contract
- students draw pictures/ write poems or stories about bullying
- students read stories about bullying or have them read to a class or assembly
- students make up role plays about bullying
- The school will undertake an audit of ‘hot spots’ in the school, the grounds and in off-site facilities to identify areas and times where children feel vulnerable or at risk
- All reported cases of bullying will be recorded
- the school will keep records confidential and secure
- The Headteacher will allow access to the records only to the staff and other interested parties
- The Anti-bullying policy will be reviewed regularly
- There will be meetings of staff on the number and type of cases recorded and the trend of cases over the previous three years.
- The Headteacher will report to the Staff Meeting and School Meeting annually, using monitoring information and feedback from staff, pupils and parents, on any required changes to the policy or procedures.
|Bullying Report Form|
|Reported by: Role:|
|Date(s) of incident(s):|
|Time(s) of incident(s):|
|Locations(s) of incident(s):|
|Details of people involved
Please include names, ages, ethnic origin, and each child’s role and level of involvement.
|Bullying incident related to:
Circle all that apply
Race Appearance or health condition SEN or disabilities
Culture Age Other (define)
|Forms of bullying used:
Circle all that apply
Physical aggression Damaging or taking personal possessions
Deliberately excluding Verbal threats
Name calling and teasing Spreading rumours
Cyber bullying Extortion Other (define)
|Frequency and duration of bullying behaviour:
Circle all that apply
Once or twice Persisting over two months
Several times a week Persisting for more than a year
|Other notes on incident:
including relevant previous behaviour
Please underline as appropriate
Does incident involve same person?
Has a follow up date been set?
Have parents/carers been notified?
Has action been agreed with victim?
Had individual discussions with all?
Has action been agreed with perpetrator?
Had group discussion with all involved?
Are notes and comments attached?
Please give details of actions taken(s)
Medical treatment required?
Specific report from staff attached?
Report to Head Teacher?
|Details of actions agreed with everyone involved – including parents and carers