SAFE WORKING PRACTICES FOR THE PROTECTION

OF STAFF AND CHILDREN

AT ST.DEMETRIOS GREEK SCHOOL

 

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

 

The Designated anti-bullying Lead

 

Mrs Stavroula Prodromou

The Deputy anti-bullying Lead

 

Mrs Zoe Fostini

The Designated Teacher for Looked After Children

Mis Elena Talia

The  anti-bullying Team

Mrs Dora Kolia

Miss Andri Tsaggari

Mrs Natalia Aquilina

The anti –bullying Exec. PTA Team

Mr. Michael Michael

Mr Andreas Chrysanthou

Mr. Nick Daniel

Mrs Katerina Mavroudi

 

 

REVIEW CYCLE: 1 YEAR 

  1. 1. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE ANTI –BULLYING POLICY

1.1 The aim of the anti-bullying policy is to ensure that pupils learn in a supportive, caring, safe and calm environment, which is free from disruption and where education is the primary focus. Bullying is anti-social behaviour and can have serious consequences for their mental health. Bullying is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Only when all issues of bullying are effectively tackled and prevented will pupils be able to fully benefit from the opportunities available at school and fulfil their potential.

1.2 The policy aims to produce a consistent school response to any bullying incidents that may occur.

1.3 We aim to make all those connected with the school aware and to make clear each person’s responsibilities with regard to dealing and preventing incidents of bullying in our school.

  1. 2. INTRODUCTION

2.1 Bullying is defined as behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group, either physically, emotionally, sexually or through social media

2.2 Bullying may take many forms and can be motivated by prejudice against particular groups, for example on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, special educational needs or disabilities, or because a child is adopted, in care or who has caring responsibilities. It can be motivated by actual differences between children, or perceived differences

 Bullying outside the school:

If an incident of bullying occurs outside the school premises or online and it is reported to the school, it is important that it is investigated and appropriate action is taken. This ensures that all pupils/parents receive a strong signal that bullying will not be tolerated and perpetrators will be held to account.

THE MAIN TYPES OF BULLYING ARE:

Emotional (verbal)

Being unfriendly, name-calling, insulting, threats, whispering about them in front of the victim, making racist or other deliberately hurtful remarks.

Physical

poking, pushing, punching, hitting, biting, kicking, hiding belongings or any use of violence

Racial and religious

making racial comments, graffiti, gestures

Sexual

unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments or any inappropriate touching

Homophobic

Because of or focussing on the issue of sexuality including same sex parents

Direct or indirect

Name calling, spreading unpleasant stories about someone, talking/gossiping behind people’s back and laughing at someone, excluding someone from social groups, in order to intimidate, sarcasm

Cyber-Bullying

internet, e-mail, text messaging, photograph misuse, misuse of social media, prank calls, misuse of apps

 

2.3 Bullying can have a devastating effect on individuals and can have a lasting effect on their lives well into adulthood. Many experts say that bullying involves an imbalance of power between the perpetrator and the victim. The imbalance of power can be physical or psychological (knowing what upsets someone), intellectual imbalance or the capacity to socially isolate;

2.4 Pupils who are being bullied may show changes both in their social and emotional 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. Pupils must be encouraged to report bullying in school.

All those connected with the school must be alert to the signs of bullying and act promptly and firmly against it, in accordance with school policy. Where bullying is found to have occurred, actions will follow in line with the behaviour policy. If bullying continues, the escalation process described in the Behaviour Policy will be followed.

  1. IMPLEMENTATION

3.1 Pupils should be encouraged to approach a member of staff if they are being bullied. They should understand that:

  • It will be taken seriously
  • It will be investigated and appropriate action taken
  • It will be recorded. At school, all cases of bullying will be reported to the Head of School & Executive PTA who will work closely with the class teacher, to establish the facts and liaise with the children and their parents.

3.2 Pupils who have been bullied will be supported by:

  • Offering an immediate opportunity to discuss the experience with a teacher or member of staff of their choice.

 

  • Offering short-term or long term support (depending on individual circumstances)
  • Restoring self-esteem and confidence using different programmes.

*THE NATURE AND LEVEL OF SUPPORT WILL DEPEND ON THE INDIVIDUAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND THE LEVEL OF NEED*

3.3 Pupils who have bullied will be helped by:

  • Discussing what happened
  • Discovering why the pupil became involved
  • Establishing the wrong doing and need to change
  • Discuss the effect it has on the other child
  • Trying to establish the motivation behind the bullying
  • Offering support
  • Informing parents or guardians to help change the attitude of the pupil

3.4 Parents of all children involved will be kept informed on a regular basis and their support will be expected.

3.5 If bullying is persistent, the school will implement disciplinary sanctions. The consequences of bullying will reflect the seriousness of the incident so that others see that bullying is unacceptable. 

All staff at our school is responsible for promoting the emotional well-being of individual pupils. They will:

Proactively gather intelligence about issues between pupils, which might provoke conflict and develop strategies to prevent bullying occurrence in the first place

Create an ethos of good behaviour and teach children that this is the right way to behave

Teach pupils to treat one another and the school staff with respect.

  1. THE ROLE OF THE STAFF

4.1 The Class Teacher

  • Listen to the children and give children the opportunity to discuss/share issues i.e. through use of thought boxes/worry catchers
  • Create an inclusive environment where pupils can openly discuss cause of bullying, without fear or discrimination
  • To explain to children how our actions affect others
  • Talk to children about differences in lessons, assemblies, through dedicated events and projects
  • Discuss differences that could motivate bullying, such as religion, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexuality or appearance related differences
  • Teach children that using any prejudice based language is unacceptable
  • Note changes in friendship groups
  • Observe closely the socialisation of new pupils
  • Identifying potentially vulnerable pupils
  • Dealing with low level incidents effectively to avoid them escalating
  • Check on patterns of attendance and lateness and sickness in school
  • Note instances of withdrawn personality
  • Be suspicious of a sudden drop in achievement
  • Be careful of unintended outcomes when choosing groups or when partner work is involved
  • Act immediately on parent’s suspicions, support staff advice, parent helper’s advice
  • Raise awareness through , Circle Time, E safety and computing lessons
  • Hold regular circle times
  • Give pupils opportunity to discuss ideas/issues –issues which concern them and/or any current affair developments that children wish to talk about
  • Discuss and teach children strategies on how to deal with incidents of bullying

4.2 Teachers/Staff on Duty

  • Patrol areas which are not directly observable
  • Note the occurrence of isolated pupils
  • Observe inappropriate behaviour of pupils in the playground
  • Listen to the children and act immediately

4.3 Support Staff

  • Listen to children when they seek you out to talk about problems
  • Act immediately and pass on information to the class teacher

4.4 The Head

  • Act immediately on parent’s suspicions
  • Clarify the facts from all parties
  • Keep a record of all incidents reported by teachers, parents and pupils
  • Arrange support for both victims and bullies
  • Discuss with staff suitable sanctions where necessary.

4.5 The Executive Committee

  • Monitor incidents of bullying
  • Review effectiveness of the school policy annually.
  1. THE ROLE OF ALL PARENTS/FAMILIES is to reinforce the value of good behaviour at home. Parents understand that bullying will not be tolerated. School will share, so that parents are aware of the measures being taken to prevent bullying, as well as how incidents are reported. Positive messages about good behaviour and respect for others at home will be sent via the newsletter and shared via assemblies.

They must report instances of bullying if:

  • They perceive their child is a victim
  • A friend of their child is a victim
  • Their child is involved in bullying
  • If they consider themselves or another person to be a victim
  • All information will, of course, be treated with the utmost discretion so that nobody will feel compromised by passing it on.
  1. THE ROLE OF ALL PUPILS
  • Care for each other and report any incidents of unkind behaviour or verbal abuse to any adult in the school
  • Report bullying which occurs outside school including cyber-bullying
  • Support the child who is the recipient of hurtful behaviour. BE A GOOD FRIEND. Remember it could be you
  • Think before you say unkind words and be aware of how your behaviour may be viewed by others
  • Never touch another pupil in an aggressive manner
  • Do not leave other children out of social activity. Make an effort to involve everyone whenever possible
  • Do not suffer on your own. This is not ‘telling tales’.
  1. AS A SCHOOL AND THROUGH THE CURRICULUM
  • Give opportunities for pupils to discuss the ideas
  • Raising awareness through assemblies.
  • A culture and ethos of respect and equality.
  • Working with families.

 

8 MONITORING, EVALUATION AND REVIEW

The school will review this policy annually with all stakeholders and assess its implementation and effectiveness. The policy will be promoted and implemented throughout the school. This policy should be read in conjunction with all the school safeguarding procedures and policies.

The Designated anti-bullying Lead

Mrs Stavroula Prodromou

The Deputy anti-bullying Lead

Mrs Zoe Fostini

The Designated Teacher for Looked After Children

Mis Elena Talia

The  anti-bullying Team

Mrs Dora Kolia

Miss Andri Tsaggari

Mrs Natalia Aquilina

The anti –bullying Exec. PTA Team

Mr. Michael Michael

Mr Andreas Chrysanthou

Mr. Nick Daniel

Mrs Katerina Mavroudi