Minimising Bullying Policy
Bullying in Langloan Primary School and Nursery Class can only be effectively dealt with if parents, staff and pupils work together to find a solution. Bullying does exist and is a problem in all schools. It must be given a high profile within the school, where an open, caring and responsive climate should be created.
- to develop an awareness that bullying is unacceptable.
- to develop a shared view of bullying.
- to work in partnership with parents to minimise bullying.
- to encourage an open climate where concerns are heard.
- to develop a range of strategies to deal with bullying.
- to develop a sense of shared responsibility within the school community.
What is Bullying?
It is a deliberate act where a person is wilful and has a conscious desire to hurt, threaten or frighten someone else.
- Verbal: being called nasty names/nasty comments.
- Social: being left out of things/ no one talking to you.
- Material: possessions stolen/ property damaged.
- Physical: being assaulted.
Role of the Management Team
To work with the staff to create a caring and supportive ethos throughout the whole school by:
- fostering a whole school approach to bullying.
- promoting partnership between home and school.
- supporting staff in their efforts to deal with bullying.
- ensuring that both victim and bully are counselled and supported.
- applying sanctions where necessary.
Role of the Staff
To support the children by:
- raising awareness of bullying and its effects on a regular basis through the curriculum.
- fostering an atmosphere of mutual respect.
- being aware of and defusing potential situations before they escalate.
- encouraging witnesses to report bullying incidents.
- taking reports of bullying seriously.
- taking action where necessary.
- reporting serious or persistent problems to the Management Team.
Role of the Parent
Parents’ should support their child/children by:
- letting you child know you are pleased to be told about the incident(s)
- reporting repeated or serious incidents to the school.
- co-operating with the school by allowing us sufficient time to deal with the matter; bullying can be complex and difficult to solve.
School Procedures for Dealing with Bullying
- investigate incident.
- support the victim and counsel the bully.
- report incidents of a more serious or persistent nature to the Management Team.
- involve parents’ where necessary and work in pertnership to resolve the situation.
- sanctions will be applied by the Management Team if necessary.
- in extreme cases where no satisfactory outcome can be reached at school level, the authority can be involved.
Strategies for Children
Pupils should try to:
- avoid worrying.
- keep in control.
- stay calm.
- look confident.
- stay with friends.
- pretend they don’t care.
- most importantly tell someone- a friend, janitor, teacher or parent.
- if you keep it a secret you are protecting the bully and saying it is o.k to treat you as he/she is doing.
Pupils should not:
- blame themselves.
- think like a victim.
- put themselves at risk.
- show they are upset.
No Hitting Policy
Why should I not hit back if someone hits me?
- it can make the situation worse.
- someone could get injured.
- it can make it difficult to find out who is at fault.
- it encourages violence.
- it undermines all efforts to develop self control.