At Listerdale, all forms of bullying are unacceptable and will never be tolerated. All pupils should feel able to tell and adult and when bullying behaviour is brought to our attention, prompt and effective action will be taken. Pupils are reminded on a regular basis who they should go to should they wish to speak to someone about an incident of bullying. Listerdale supports anti-bullying week the anti-bullying alliance resources. Throughout the curriculum they will learn about staying safe online and how to report any concerns of cyber-bullying. Children will learn the importance of tolerance of others through weekly pride assemblies and by helping them to understand the needs of others including those with SEND. There will be a worry box in every classroom to enable children to report any concerns if they do not feel they want to verbally talk to an adult. Members of staff will have a presence on the school yard at the beginning and end of each day allowing opportunity for parents to raise any concerns.
What Is Bullying?
Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power, or perceived power, over one or more persons who feel unable to stop it from happening.
Bullying can happen in person or online, via various digital platforms and devices and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time (for example, through sharing of digital records).
Bullying of any form or for any reason can have immediate, medium and long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders.
Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.
What bullying is not
single episodes of social rejection or dislike
single episode acts of nastiness or spite
random acts of aggression or intimidation
mutual arguments, disagreements or fights.
These actions can cause great distress. However, they do not fit the definition of bullying and they’re not examples of bullying unless someone is deliberately and repeatedly doing them.
Each year we take part in Anti-Bullying week. This always begins with pupils and staff wearing odd socks! Most importantly, Odd Socks Day is designed to be fun! It’s an opportunity for people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique!
We share stories to help pupils understand how bullying can impact on people’s feelings. Some of the stories we have read and use in school are..,