Aim of Policy
The aim of this policy is to ensure that STUDENTS LEARN IN A SUPPORTIVE, CARING AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT WITHOUT FEAR OF BEING BULLIED. Bullying is:
- Anti-social behaviour and affects everyone.
- Unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
- Deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves.
Only when all issues of bullying are addressed will students be able to fully benefit from the opportunities available at schools.
Types of Bullying
The three main types of bullying are:
a. PHYSICAL (hitting, kicking, theft)
b. VERBAL (name calling, racist remarks)
c. INDIRECT (spreading rumours, excluding someone from social groups)
Students who are being bullied may show changes in behaviour, such as becoming shy and nervous, feigning illness, taking unusual absences or clinging to adults. There may be evidence of changes in work patterns, lacking concentration or truanting from school. STUDENTS MUST BE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT BULLYING IN SCHOOLS.
Schools’ teaching and ancillary staff is alert to the signs of bullying and acts promptly and firmly against it in accordance with school policy.
Duty of the School
The Head of School is duty bound to prevent bullying among students and to bring these procedures to the attention of staff, parents and students.
Implementation by the School
Steps taken when dealing with bullying:
- The incident will be dealt with immediately by the member of staff approached.
- A clear account of the incident will be recorded into the Student’s Report Book.
- Members of the school administration and teaching staff will question all concerned.
- Form teachers will be informed who will advise the appropriate subject teachers.
- Parents will be informed.
- Corrective measures will be used as appropriate and in consultation with all parties concerned.
Action taken in respect of Victims
They will be supported by:
- Offering an immediate opportunity to discuss the experience.
- Reassuring the student.
- Offering continuous support.
- Restoring self-esteem and confidence.
Action taken in respect of Bullies
They will be helped by:
- Discussing what happened.
- Discovering why the student became involved.
- Establishing the wrong doing that need to change
- Informing parents to help change the attitude of the student.
Inclusion in Curriculum
Within the curriculum the school will raise the awareness of the nature of bullying through the lessons of PSD, form teacher period, assemblies in an attempt to eradicate such behaviour.