Childer Thornton Anti-bullying Philosophy

At Childer Thornton we believe that all pupils have the right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment.  As a school we embrace individuality and embrace those qualities that make us unique.

Bullying is not tolerated at our school and we have a clear policy on how to prevent, identify and respond to bullying behaviour.

We take pride in the fact that we have had very few incidents of bullying in recent years, we hope this is due to our extensive PSHE programme and learning mentor support that we have in school.  However all staff are trained in this area and observe friendship changes on a daily basis and remain vigilant to any incidents should they occur.

What is bullying?

At Childer Thornton we define bullying as:

“Repetitive, wilful or persistent negative behaviour that is carried out by an individual or a group and that leaves the person feeling bullied defenceless.”

Our children define bullying as:

"Nonstop and repetitive, it can be verbal or physical or cyber or racist, it is not something like you just fall out with your friends it is constant.It can be done discreetly so that other people don’t see.It is not just verbal it is on the internet and online Whenever it happens the victim should tell a teacher or a friend.If someone tells you they are being bullied and they tell you not to tell anyone you must tell someone like a teacher or a family member or an adult, you can’t be nervous about telling anyone.The victim will understand that you did it for the best"

(Luca, Henrietta, Alexandra, Daniel-Year 6)

Forms of bullying

  • Physical
  • Verbal
  • Indirect
  • Cyber bulling

How we identify bullying

  • Becoming isolated and disengaged from other children
  • Being withdrawn and isolated from other children
  • Developing changes in physical behaviour such as a developing a stammer or nervous ticks
  • Finding it challenging to concentrate in class
  • Have personal items damaged or items going missing
  • Not attending school
  • Having minor unexplained injuries such as cuts and bruises
  • Having sleep problems
  • Developing general anxiety including a lack of appetite
  • Being easily distressed and aggressive

How the school helps children understand what bullying is

  • PSHE work throughout the year consistently teaches the children about how to make friends and understand what friendship is.  How to be a good friend and that falling out is a natural part of growing up, we teach them to be kind and caring citizens and have British values embedded in everything we do
  • Anti-bullying week a focus for SEAL work in November each year and then each class take part in workshops around the subject of bullying.  For this week assemblies have this theme and work is shared on twitter and with other classes
  • SEAL learning log so conversations can be held in the home around friendships
  • Assemblies half termly on anti-bullying
  • Cyber bullying issues taught to each class as part of their computing lessons.
  • Information on where to get help on parents and children’s noticeboards and displayed in the classrooms
  • Children have the opportunity to work with the school’s learning mentor and talk through any friendship issues they have and have support on a one to one basis.

How the school responds to bullying.

  • We have a clear Anti- Bullying policy which is part of our behaviour policy
  • Talk to the target, perpetrator and any witnesses and record this formally
  • Objectively decide if bullying is occurring
  • Take action by speaking to both the parents of the target and the perpetrator
  • Support the target by giving them a safe forum to speak to an adult, providing a circle of support where they are support both by adults and their peers
  • Discipline the perpetrator and support them in changing their behaviour.  Monitor this over a period of time.

 Anti-bullying survey

We decided to find out what the children’s perception of bullying was in our school.   Every child from Year 2 upwards was given a detailed survey to fill in about bullying. These are their findings.

2% children experienced bullying at a previous school and moved school as a result.

0.7% child believe they have been bullied out of school

1.3% (2) children believe they have been bullied in school and both felt it was dwelt with promptly.

When we asked what the school could do to improve anti-bullying provision the following answers were given:

  • No-one bullies here, I run around the playground every day and I would see it
  • Give a learning log task on bullying
  • Our schools deals with bullying really well
  • If there is a bully we need to help them
  • Have a bullying bench to go on so you can see if anyone is being bullied
  • Year 6 to do bullying assemblies
  • It’s a great school.
  • You lot are doing a great job
  • More anti-bullying signs in school
  • More teachers outside
  • Cameras in school.

As a result we have more staff outside and will be putting up more posters around school next term.

Further information

Pop into school and speak to Mrs Powell

Anti-bullying alliance