The overarching aim
of this policy is to ensure our school is a calm, safe, happy, welcoming,
inclusive, accessible and positive environment for all. We continually aim to
ensure positive relationships within the school and in the wider community
beyond. This reflects the ethos and vision of our school and helps us to achieve
the five outcomes of Every Child Matters, which are:
To be healthy
To stay safe
To enjoy and
To make a
defines bullying as:
Behaviour by an
individual or group usually repeated overtime, that intentionally hurts another
or group either physically or emotionally.
Bullying can also be
described as being ‘a deliberate act done to cause distress solely in order to
give a feeling of power, status or other gratification to the bully. It can
range from ostracising, name-calling, teasing, threats and extortion,
inappropriate text messaging and emailing, sending offensive or degrading images
by phone or via the internet, producing offensive graffiti, through to physical
assault on persons and/or their property. It can be an unresolved single
frightening incident, which casts a shadow over life of the victim, or a series
of such incidents. Although sometimes occurring between two individuals, it
quite often takes place in the presence of others.
Specific types of
related to race, religion or culture
related to special educational needs or disabilities
related to appearance or health conditions
related to sexual orientation
young carers or looked after children or otherwise related to home circumstances
At Middle Street
Primary School staff, parent/carers and children work together, to create a
happy, caring and safe learning environment. The ethos of the school is one of
inclusion, openness and honesty. Bullying, either verbal, physical or indirect
will not be tolerated. All forms of bullying are taken equally seriously and
dealt with appropriately. It is everyone’s responsibility to take action to
prevent occurrences of bullying and to deal with any incidents calmly, quickly
Bullying can be
brought to the attention of staff either by the victim(s), their friend(s),
their parent(s) or other interested people.
How we work to
prevent bullying at Middle Street Primary School
the PSHE and SEAL curriculum children are provided with opportunities to explore
and develop empathy, self reflection, vocabulary to label feelings and emotions,
strategies for dealing with difficult situations, friendships, communicating
All staff are
made aware of children with particular issues or worrying behaviours either at
home or in school during the weekly Thursday Pastoral meeting. Actions are
agreed on how to further support the child. This early intervention strategy has
prevented many situations from escalating as all staff take responsibility for
the child’s safety and happiness.
children are identified early and referrals can be made to Learning Mentors,
Nurture group or School Counsellor.
with SEN are identified early and intervention strategies put in place to
support the child. There is regular liaison between staff and SENCo.
group of Year 6 children are trained as playground Buddies. They work on a rota
lunchtimes are staggered to avoid overcrowding on the playground. There are a
high number or adults supporting and supervising on the playground during
playtimes and lunchtimes.
supervising on the playground, also work in class with the children. So know the
children well and are well known and familiar to the children.
Mentors support on the playground.
member of staff has a responsibility for building up resources and developing
activities for use during playtimes. All staff on the playground are expected to
interact positively with the children and initiate games etc.
and other ‘blind spots’ are monitored during playtimes. During lesson time
visits to the toilet are monitored and no more than 2 children are allowed to go
at any one time.
is a playtime club at playtimes and lunchtimes for those children who for
whatever reason may feel vulnerable at any time on the playground.
staff members follow the school behaviour protocol for dealing with negative
taking part in the yearly ‘Safe at School’ survey. The data informs future
actions and strategies
staff taking part in appropriate training as part of their continuing
school council and pupil voice play an active role in developing strategies for
the prevention of bullying and upholding the positive and inclusive ethos of the
voice informs our practice
have a positive working relationship with the local community police officers.
school has a safeguarding children statement and information, which is on
display throughout the school. It also includes suggested adults the child can
speak to if they have any worries or concerns.
Strategy for dealing
The following is a
list of actions available to staff. The emphasis is always on a caring,
listening approach for both the victim and the presenting with the bullying
behaviour. These children are often victims too, that is why they turn to
How a bullying
situation is dealt with very much depends on who is involved and what has taken
place. However, every report of bullying will be taken seriously and action. The
following provides a broad outline of how a bullying situation will be dealt
with but it must be kept in mind that there will be additions to the process
depending on what has taken place.
at length with the victim. This will require patience and understanding.
Remember – Listen, believe, act. They child may choose who the wish to discuss
the events with. Advise the Headteacher and Lead Behaviour Professional.
Learning mentors / teachers and TA, where appropriate, will undertake the
child or children presenting with the bullying behaviour. Obtain witnesses if
possible and investigate the incident thoroughly.
with those involved in the bullying. Confront them with the details and ask them
to tell the truth about the situation/incident. Make it clear that bullying is
not acceptable at Middle Street Primary School
If they do not
own up, investigate further. If it is clear that they are not telling the truth,
continue to work patiently with the child ensuring they understand the
seriousness of the situation. Children usually own up if presented with all the
to support the victim and keep the child safe.
sanctions to take place immediately and actions, which will more often than not
require longer term intervention depending on the needs of the child to prevent
further bullying behaviour in the future.
with parents/carers of both children involved. As far as possible parent/carers
should be involved throughout the process.
for the bully may include withdrawal from favoured activities, loss of
playtimes, Golden Time, exclusion from school during lunchtimes, Fixed Term
exclusion from school, depending on the perceived severity and repetition of the
of restorative justice or some form of reparation.
monitoring the situation by observing at playtimes/lunchtimes and having
discussions with victim to ensure no repetition
incidents are recorded and formally reported to the Local Authority.
In Brief the Support
Available for Victim and Bully
· Peer Mentoring
PARMS (termly multi agency meetings)
referral to outside agencies
involved raised at weekly Pastoral Care meeting so that all members of
staff are aware.
(presented in a subtle way to avoid naming and shaming bully or causing
discomfort to victim) a class mini PSHE/SEAL project on
of possible SEN or other issues that have resulted in bullying behaviour or
vulnerability of either child.
In order to identify
incidents of bullying and the identities of bullies, at Middle Street Primary
School we have agreed to carry out the following strategies:
watch for early signs of distress in pupils.
staff to watch out for early signs of bullying behaviours.
raise those children considered to be vulnerable at the weekly pastoral meeting.
have access to Bubble Time with class teacher and senior members of staff.
to be vigilant during Circle Time/PSHE/SEAL sessions and activities.
listen, believe, act
Please read this
policy in conjunction with the Middle Street
Culture for Learning Policy .
Please also refer to
Finally, if it is
felt by anyone involved dissatisfaction with how a bullying situation has been dealt with they may wish to make a complaint. If this is the case the school
follows the Brighton and Hove City Council complaint procedures. The complaint
procedure’s document can be obtained from the school office.