At King William Street CE Primary School, we are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere without fear of being bullied. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our school; and is best prevented through an ethos based on trust, respect and equality which we aim to foster at King William Street CE primary School. The raising of children’s self-esteem and self-confidence is central to the work and life of our school. If bullying does occur, all pupils/ adults should be able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively. We are a TELLING school. This means that anyone who knows that bullying is happening is expected to tell the staff who must pass the information on to the Mrs Clarke or Miss Pound.
Definition of Bullying
At King William Street CE Primary School we have defined bullying as:
‘'Hurtful, unkind or threatening behaviour which is deliberate and repeated over a period of time. Bullying can be carried out by an individual or a group of people towards another individual or group, where the bully or bullies hold more power than those being bullied. If bullying is allowed it harms the perpetrator, the target and the whole school community and its secure and happy environment.'
Our children have defined bullying as ‘when a person hurts someone repeatedly on purpose’
The children agreed that bullying is not when we fall out with our friends, when something happens that is an accident or when there is an isolated incident of someone being unkind or hurting someone else.
Please read our Anti-Bullying Policy which clearly outlines our definition of bullying, the work we do as a school community to prevent any form of bullying and the actions we can take as a school to support pupils and parents who are concerned about bullying. The policy was written with staff, governors and a group of parents. We hope that it helps all our parents and carers understand how we prevent bullying but if you would like more information, please see our Anti-Bullying policy below.
Our Anti Bullying Ambassador Team have made a Child Friendly Anti Bullying leaflet to inform the children what bullying is and what they should do if they see bullying or are being bullied.
Child Friendly Anti Bullying Policy
How do we educate the children about bullying?
Each year, we as a school take part in Anti-Bullying Week (held in the month of November). Anti-Bullying Week shines a spotlight on bullying and encourages all children, teachers and parents to take action against bullying. Over the course of Anti-Bullying Week, we hold a number of school assemblies and each class completes a number of activities designed at educating the children about what bullying is and how to deal with its different forms effectively.
The theme for Anti Bullying Week 2020 was 'United Against Bullying' where all classes explored different ways we could unite to stop bullying. We even began the week wearing odd socks! We have made a film of our learning to share with you.
As part of the RSE curriculum, children also learn about online safety, friendship, respect and kindness.
At King William we have a group of children who are trained as our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. These children work on behalf of their peers with leaders and teachers to ensure all children feel safe at school. The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors lead assemblies, survey the children, written a child friendly anti bullying policy and plan other promotion events and competitions throughout the year.
This year our Anti Bullying Ambassadors are:
Sofia Kendall , Rosa Wilkinson and Vedaant Chhajed from Zebra class
Daisy Godwin, Georgina Mercer, Gio Signorelli and Ethan Jell from Leopard class.
In addition, the school has peer mediators who are trained to manage confrontations, use friendly language, and listen to both sides when children fall out. Their role is to resolve arguments and fallings out that happen between the children at playtimes. They wear jackets with the anti-bullying logo design on them so their classmates know who to go to when they need help. If the mediators don't know how to resolve the situation, they go straight to the teachers for advice.
'Pupils play well together at social times. Pupils enjoy the additional responsibilities given to them, including peer mediation which develops their moral and social skills well.' OFSTED 2019
Anti-Bullying Quality Mark
We have been recognised for our anti-bullying efforts as we have received the Anti-Bullying Quality Mark's Bronze Award. This quality mark is a national scheme which challenges schools to set up effective and sustainable anti-bullying policies and strategies and make them part of their everyday life. The Bronze award acknowledged how anti bullying is a whole school priority with staff, students and parents and governors all playing an active role. In particular, the children played a key role in the development of anti-bullying in the school. As a result of their work, the school has established a range of approaches to make sure that the children feel safe and comfortable.
Help and Advice
If you are being bullied tell someone you can trust exactly what is happening and how it is making you feel. If you feel you can’t talk to another adult ring Child Line 08001111. The calls are free and confidential.
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