At Beeston 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. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable. If bullying does occur, all pupils should be able to tell someone and be confident that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively.
We encourage children’s sense of responsibility towards each other, and emphasise that if anyone who knows that bullying is happening, they are expected to tell the staff.
We believe that everybody has the right to be treated with respect. We have a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying, and to help children who are bullying to learn different ways of behaving. Bullying will not be tolerated.
Bullying is the use of aggression or verbal abuse or intimidation with the intention of hurting another person. In school we talk about bullying being repeated events, several times on purpose (STOP), or one-off extreme incidents involving one or more aggressor. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim.
Types of Bullying
Bullying can be related to:
- Race, religion or culture. This may include bullying of travellers or cultural bullying of particular groups.
- Special educational needs and disabilities.
- Appearance. This may include physical characteristics such as size and weight; body image issues; obvious signs of affluence, or lack of it.
- Health conditions or disability. This may include visible signs of a condition, eg eczema or use of equipment to aid disabled pupils.
- Sexual orientation.
- Gender. This may include sexist bullying or sexual bullying.
- Home circumstances. Young carers or looked-after children, or children affected by domestic violence, criminal activity, bereavement, being part of a refugee family, or siblings being bullied by association.
Methods of Bullying
Bullying can be:
Emotional being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (eg hiding books, threatening gestures)
Physical pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any other use of violence
Racist racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
Sexual unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments
Homophobic because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality. This may include taunting about family circumstances (for example children of same-sex couples) or use of the word gay as an insult.
Verbal name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
Cyber All areas of internet, such as email and internet chat room misuse; mis-use of mobile phones to threaten or intimidate by text messaging and calls; misuse of associated technology, eg posting images or videos on the internet, or spreading by mobile phone.
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. For more information please click on the links below:
What can I do?
What you can do if you feel you are being bullied?
Always tell an adult, any member of staff at school will always listen, or ask your parents, carers or friends to speak to someone for you.
The school’s Anti Bullying Ambassador Team have made a Child Friendly Anti Bullying leaflet to help you if you feel you are being bullied. Please click on the link below
Parents and carers
If you are concerned that your child is being bullied, please speak to any member of staff in school. Further information on bullying is available by contacting National Bullying Helpline on 0845 22 55 787 or www.nationalbullyinghelpine.co.uk and Childline – 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk.