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At Barnby Road Academy we aim to provide a supportive, caring, and friendly environment which allows all our pupils to learn in an atmosphere which is focussed on improving their life chances and helping them to maximise their potential. We expect our pupils to act safely, and feel safe, in and outside of school – we do not tolerate any form of bullying and we are committed to preventing and tackling it. We recognise that as children learn and grow together, they may experience fallouts with their peers, but we are committed to supporting our pupils to resolve these ‘relational conflicts’ and stop them from progressing to bullying behaviours. If an incident of bullying does occur, we believe our pupils, parents/carers and staff should feel confident in reporting it and know that that all incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. Bullying will never be tolerated at our school.
At Barnby Road Academy we encourage open discussions around differences between people, we actively challenge prejudice, and we celebrate diversity. We adopt a contextual safeguarding, trauma-informed and strengths-based approach to bullying and child-on-child abuse, and we are committed to working with families and outside agencies where appropriate.
This policy has been developed to reflect the most recent Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) Statutory Guidance (1st September 2022) and was formulated in consultation with the whole school community with input from:
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This policy is reviewed and evaluated throughout the academic year. It is updated annually.
Roles and Responsibilities
All staff at our school are aware that children may bully other children, and that this can happen both inside and outside of school, and online. All staff understand the school’s Anti-Bullying strategy and approach and know the important role that they each have in preventing and tackling bullying.
The Head teacher Steven Chamberlain has overall responsibility for Anti-Bullying at our school. They are responsible for appointing an Anti-Bullying Coordinator and liaising with the Governing body, parents/carers, the Local Authority, and outside agencies when appropriate.
The Anti-Bullying Coordinator is responsible for:
The Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) and their Deputies in our school are: Sam Oliver/Steven Chamberlain & Anna Woolridge/Dave Webster. Safeguarding is the responsibility of all, however all staff, parents/carers and pupils need to be aware of who to report to and how to report any safeguarding concerns.
The nominated Governor with responsibility for Anti-Bullying and Behaviour is Jane Brown
What is bullying and how does it differ to relational conflict?
At Barnby Road Academy we have adopted the definition of bullying provided by the Anti-Bullying Alliance:
“Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face to face or online.”
We recognise that bullying can take many forms and can affect any child. It is often motivated by prejudice against particular groups (for example on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, special educational needs, or disabilities, or because a child is adopted, in care or has caring responsibilities). Bullying can be motivated by actual differences between children, or perceived differences.
However, we also recognise that incidents may occur between pupils, which may not be deemed as ‘bullying’ but still require support or intervention from trusted adults. These incidents may be referred to as ‘relational conflicts’ or falling out. Relational conflict differs to bullying in the fact that it is usually between individuals or groups who are relatively similar in power and status (a power balance), and the behaviours or incidents occur occasionally (not repetitive) or occur by accident (not intentional). Usually, following a relational conflict incident, pupils show remorse and there is a general willingness to make things right or to resolve the conflict.
Not all relational conflict or falling out leads to bullying, but our school is aware occasionally some can, and we are mindful that unresolved bad feelings or relationship problems left unaddressed can be the start of a pattern of behaviour in which the intention becomes to cause harm or distress.
Although bullying and relational conflicts can take place between individuals, we recognise that it often takes place in front of others (either physically or virtually), pupils who witness these incidents/behaviours are often referred to as ‘bystanders’.
Regardless of whether an incident or situation is deemed as ‘relational conflict’ or ‘bullying’, our school will address the situation and support the pupils to resolve any negative feelings. Our school will monitor children following a relational conflict to ensure that the situation has been resolved and does not escalate to bullying. Our school will challenge, address, and monitor any incidents of bullying, to ensure that it does not continue and that all pupils feel supported (this will include the target, the alleged perpetrator, any bystanders, and the wider school community).
What does bullying behaviour look like?
At Barnby Road Academy we consider the context within which incidents and/or behaviours of concern occur. We will consider the motivations behind the behaviours and will take into account the age and stage of development of the pupils involved. Our focus will always be the safety and welfare of all children involved.
Bullying behaviour may include, but is not limited to:
There is no hierarchy of bullying, all forms of bullying are taken equally seriously and will be dealt with appropriately.
Where does bullying take place?
At Barnby Road Academy we understand that bullying is not confined to the school premises. Bullying can take place outside of school, on the journey to and from school and in the local community. Bullying may also take place online (this is sometimes referred to as cyberbullying).
We will offer support and guidance to pupils, parents/carers and families who have experienced any type of bullying whether this has taken place inside school, outside of school or online. We are committed to working with outside agencies where appropriate to prevent and tackle all forms of bullying.
How to report bullying concerns
At Barnby Road Academy we want pupils, parents/carers, staff, and visitors to confidently report bullying and know that their concerns will be taken seriously. We remain committed to supporting and safeguarding all children involved including the target, the alleged perpetrator, any bystanders/witnesses to the bullying behaviour and the wider school community.
We have clear reporting systems for each group of our school community, the effectiveness of these reporting systems is reviewed throughout the academic year and may be expanded to meet the needs of all members of our community.
Pupils, including bystanders/witnesses
We ask that all pupils report concerns of bullying or bullying behaviour to a member of school staff – this can be any member of teaching or non-teaching staff, including a class teacher, a TA, the Head teacher, a lunchtime supervisor, or a member of the office team. We talk about trusted adults regularly in class and in assemblies to remind our pupils of who they can report concerns to.
The member of staff will listen to the pupil and make an initial note of their concerns, they will then discuss next steps with them and reassure them that they will be supported. The member of staff will make a formal record of the bullying report on the school’s Safeguard recording system and other relevant members of staff will be alerted. The member of staff will directly alert the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead if the report is deemed urgent or if a pupil is considered at risk.
We understand that some pupils may find it difficult to tell a member of staff about their concerns verbally, we therefore have additional reporting mechanisms in place. Our school has a worry box in each classroom where the pupil can put their name/a brief note about their concerns/draw a picture of their concern – these worry boxes are introduced to the pupils at the start of the year and pupils are reminded of them regularly.
Even if the behaviour/incident which has been reported is deemed ‘not bullying’ and is thought to be ‘relational conflict’, school staff will still support the pupils involved and help them to resolve any concerns.
We understand that it can be very difficult for a parent/carer to be concerned or hear that their child has been the target of bullying, has experienced bullying behaviour or is an alleged perpetrator of bullying.
We ask that if parents/carers have concerns about their child experiencing or perpetrating bullying, that they contact a member of school staff. Initially we ask parents/carers to contact their child’s class teacher (in person/via telephone call/via email/) to explain their concerns. The class teacher will take an initial note of the concerns but may ask to schedule a meeting to allow for more time to discuss the concerns in detail. Following the report and/or the meeting, the teacher will make a formal record of the bullying report on the school’s Safeguard recording system and other relevant members of staff will be alerted. The member of staff will directly alert the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead if the report is deemed urgent or if a pupil is considered at risk.
We ask that parents/carers come directly to the school with their concerns rather than discussing them with other members of the school community in person or online.
Our school remains committed to supporting pupils and their families in all instances of bullying and relational conflict and will respond to reports promptly. Even if the behaviour/incident which has been reported is deemed ‘not bullying’ and is thought to be ‘relational conflict’, school staff will still support the pupils involved and help them to resolve any concerns.
We will endeavour to ensure that all parties are kept informed of progress and any developments, but we will also need to show due regard to GDPR. This may mean, at times, that we are not able to provide or share information or updates.
Our staff work closely with our pupils and therefore may notice a change in a pupil’s behaviour or attitude that might indicate that something is wrong before receiving a report from a pupil or a member of the school community. If staff have any concerns about a pupil’s welfare or are concerned that a pupil is displaying behaviours that may show they are the target of bullying or perhaps perpetrating bullying, they should act on them immediately rather than wait to be told.
We ask that staff report their concerns to a Designated Safeguarding Lead or directly to the Head teacher. The member of staff receiving the report will take an initial note of the concerns and will then make a formal record of the bullying report on the school’s Safeguard recording system and other relevant staff members will be alerted. The member of staff must directly alert the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead if the report is deemed urgent or if a pupil is considered at risk.
We ensure that all visitors to our school are aware of our Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures and which staff member they should report any concerns to (the member of staff may differ depending on the purpose of the visit e.g., supply teacher, governor, external agency etc.).
We ask that if a visitor to our school has any concerns about bullying behaviour that they have witnessed, or been told about, that they report their concerns at the earliest opportunity in person to the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead/the Head teacher/a member of the Senior Leadership Team. We ask that visitors report their concerns in person by the end of the school day. For example, it would not be appropriate to wait until the following day or leave a written note with concerns. The member of staff receiving the report will take an initial note of the concerns and will then make a formal record of the bullying report on the school’s Safeguard recording system and other relevant staff members will be alerted. The member of staff will directly alert the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead if the report is deemed urgent or if a pupil is considered at risk.
How our school will respond to reports of bullying
At Barnby Road Academy all reports of bullying or reported concerns of bullying behaviours will be taken seriously and investigated. Even if an incident is deemed ‘not bullying’ or a ‘relational conflict’, our school remains committed to supporting all pupils who have been involved and effected.
Our school keeps records of all reports of bullying, this information is stored on our school’s Safeguard recording system. These records are used to identify trends and inform our school’s preventative work. Information from these records is discussed regularly at staff meetings to ensure that all staff are kept up-to-date and are alert to any ongoing concerns.
Our staff use a contextual approach to safeguarding and each incident will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Some of our school’s responses may include, but may not be limited to:
If a parent/carer is not satisfied with our school’s actions, we ask that they follow our school’s complaint policy and procedures. This is available online from our school website and on request from the school office.
Strategies for preventing bullying
At Barnby Road Academy, we are committed to the safety and welfare of our pupils, and therefore we have developed the following strategies to promote friendly and positive behaviours and discourage bullying behaviours. Throughout the academic year, the effectiveness of these strategies is reviewed, and the variety of strategies may be expanded to address specific concerns or meet the needs of all members of our community.
The strategies we use include, but are not limited to:
Breaches / Complaints
Breaches to this policy will be dealt with in the same way that breaches of other school policies are dealt with, as determined by the Head teacher and Governing Body.
If a parent/carer is not satisfied with our school’s actions, we ask that they follow our school’s complaint policy and procedures. This is available online from our school website, and on request from the school office.
Links with other policies
You may find it helpful to read this Anti-Bullying policy alongside the other following school policies:
How it may link
Child-on-child Abuse Policy
Includes links to bullying – specifically sexualised bullying and exploitation
Includes details about the rewards and sanctions for pupils
Includes information about child protection procedures and contextualised safeguarding
Online Safety / E-Safety / Acceptable Use Policies
Includes information about children’s online behaviour and details about online bullying/cyberbullying
Includes information about our school’s approach to tackling prejudice and celebrating differences. Links to prejudice-related language and crime and the protected characteristics
RSHE / PSHE Policy
Includes information about our school’s RSHE programme and how we teach about relationships, friendships, and bullying
Includes information about how to make a complaint if you are not satisfied with the school’s response
Monitoring and Review
This policy is reviewed and evaluated throughout the academic year. It is updated annually.