Anti-Bullying Quality Mark Award
At Beecroft Garden Primary School we believe that all pupils have the right to be safe, to be valued, to be respected and not physically, verbally or emotionally abused. Bullying behaviour of any kind is unacceptable in our school and will not be tolerated. If bullying behaviour does occur pupils are encouraged to report this behaviour and should feel assured that it will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is actions or behaviours by a person or group of people that deliberately hurts, threatens, frightens or causes anxiety to another individual or group. These actions or behaviours are bullying if they are repeated over a period of time. A factor of bullying is that the victim finds it difficult to take action to defend themselves, often because they fear their actions will increase the bullying.
Types of Bullying
Bullying actions or behaviours include:
Physical: pushing, hitting, kicking, taking belongings, demanding money or possessions as payments for safety or friendship.
Verbal: name calling, insults, sarcasm, persistent teasing, making offensive remarks.
Emotional: threatening harm, humiliation, exclusion from social groups or activities, spreading malicious stories or rumours, ‘ganging-up’.
Discriminatory: exclusion or teasing because of special educational needs, particular aptitude or physical difference.
Racist: racist name calling or insults (eg. against food, music, dress, religion or custom) offensive mimicry, racist jokes, refusing to co-operate in work or play.
Sexual: looks and comments about appearance or attractiveness, inappropriate touching or physical contact, abusive comments concerning sexual orientation, refusing to co-operate in work or play.
This policy is currently being revised and will soon be updated. We will be setting up an anti-bullying steering group for parents to contribute to strageties to tackle bullying behaviour. If you are interested in joining our anti-bullying steering group which helps to establish ways to tackle bullying please let us know.
If you have any concerns about bullying or would like to know more about the Anti-Bullying Quality Mark please contact Neola Worrell (Learning Mentor) or Nicola Ryder (Deputy Head).
Throughout the week of 16th-20th November we supported Kidscape Anti-Bullying Week. The whole school explored what bullying is, how it might feel to be bullied, how bystanders can help and the issues surrounding the bully.
A culmination of the weeks work was celebrated in assembly on Friday 20th November.
Our anti-bullying role models from each class.
The theme this year was ‘make a noise’ about bullying. During the week of and leading up to anti-bullying week we created a school anti-bullying song. Each class rewrote the verses to the song ‘Power in Me’ giving it an anti-bullying theme. The song was performed in assembly with everyone singing along and Oak class accompanied with a band of instruments!
“I’ve got the power in me, you’ve got the power in you, I’ve got the power p-p-power, p-p-power in me. Nobody’s gonna hold me back, nobodys gonna silence my words, I’ve got the power p-p-power p-p-power in me”
We also ran a poetry competition. The children were challenged to write a poem about bullying, the poem could be from the victim’s point of view, the bully’s point of view or maybe a bystander. We received lots of fantastic entries and we’re currently putting together a booklet of the children’s anti-bullying poems.
A big congratulations to all of our runners up above and also to the KS1 and KS2 overall winners, Roberta and Vladimira.
Kidscape Anti-Bullying Programme
Year 5 (Cypress class) are currently taking part in the Kidscape Primary Bullying Intervention Training. This project provides specialist lessons and practical support to prevent and address issues surrounding bullying behaviour. This is a series of lessons which help the children to:
- Understand what bullying is
- Help others who are the victims of bullying behaviour and understand the role of the bystander
- Explore and identify feelings and emotions and feel more confident in dealing with difficult situations
- Increase their confidence, assertiveness and communication with each other
- Equip the children with some bullying defence skills to aid assertiveness
For more information on the work of Kidscape please see their website https://www.kidscape.org.uk/