We are committed to developing an anti-bullying culture whereby no bullying, including between adults or adults and children and young people will be tolerated.
Bullying is "Behaviour by an individual or a group, usually repeated over time that intentionally hurts another individual either physically or emotionally". (DfE "Preventing and Tackling Bullying", November 2014). At Langton we use this definition along with advice from Kidscape (please see below link).
Bullying can include: name calling, taunting, mocking, making offensive comments; kicking; hitting; taking belongings; producing offensive graffiti; gossiping; excluding people from groups and spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours. This includes the same inappropriate and harmful behaviours expressed via digital devices (cyber-bullying) such as the sending of inappropriate messages by phone, text, Instant Messenger, through websites and social media sites and apps, and sending offensive or degrading images by mobile phone or via the internet.
Our school community:
- Discusses, monitors and reviews our anti-bullying policy and practice on a regular basis.
- Supports all staff to promote positive relationships to prevent bullying and will intervene by identifying and tackling bullying behaviour appropriately and promptly.
- Ensures that pupils are aware that all bullying concerns will be dealt with sensitively and effectively; that pupils feel safe to learn; and that pupils abide by the anti-bullying policy.
- Reports back to parents/carers regarding their concerns on bullying and deals promptly with complaints. Parents/carers in turn work with the school to uphold the anti-bullying policy.
- Seeks to learn from good anti-bullying practice elsewhere and utilises support from the Local Authority and other relevant organisations when appropriate.
Kidscape describe the difference between bullying and conflict:
- Bullying comes from a place of coldness
- There is an imbalance of power and someone is picked on
- The intention is pre-meditated and the person bullying seeks to get their own way or to put the other person down
- The person who is being bullied can feel sad, scared or angry. The person who is bullying feels powerful and in control
- If it happens once, it is can be seen as an act of unkindness. If the person feels no remorse when they know how badly it affects the other person and carries on with the bullying behaviour, it can be termed bullying
- There needs to be some form of restorative justice from the person bullying to repair the harm they have done