Bullying is 'The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or through cyberspace'.
Bullying differs from teasing/falling out between friends because:
- There is deliberate intention to hurt or humiliate.
- There is a power imbalance that makes it hard for the victim to defend themselves.
- It is usually persistent.
Occasionally an incident may be deemed to be bullying even if the behaviour has not been repeated or persistent. This possibility should be considered, particularly in cases of hate crime related bullying or cyberbullying.
Guidance for Our Pupils
It is important that you know how to keep yourself safe when in school and also outside of school. The following information can help you. If you have any questions or concerns, always speak to a trusted adult. In school there is always someone you can talk to; you could talk to your class teacher or an LSA or you could speak with Mrs Wright or Miss Cawley in our Pastoral Team. You can also speak to any of the school's leadership team - Miss Needham, Mrs Lee, Miss Moore, Miss Woodworth, Mrs Bunce, Mrs Woon, Miss Goodyear or Miss Anderson.
If you think you or someone else is being bullied you could:
Explain to a trusted adult at school or at home.
Write down what is happening and give the note to a trusted adult who will find time to discuss the note with you at an appropriate time.
An adult will always listen to what has happened, will investigate further and will then take any appropriate actions to ensure the bullying stops.
Treat Everyone with Respect
Nobody should be mean to others.
- Stop and think before you say or do something that could hurt someone.
- If you feel like being mean to someone, find something else to do. Play a game, watch TV, or talk to a friend.
- Talk to an adult you trust. They can help you find ways to be nicer to others.
- Keep in mind that everyone is different. Not better or worse. Just different.
- If you think you have bullied someone in the past, apologise. Everyone feels better.
What to Do If You’re Bullied
There are things you can do if you are being bullied:
- Look at the child bullying you and tell him or her to stop in a calm, clear voice. You can also try to laugh it off. This works best if joking is easy for you. It could catch the kid bullying you off guard.
- If speaking up seems too hard or not safe, walk away and stay away. Don’t fight back. Find an adult to stop the bullying on the spot.
There are things you can do to stay safe in the future, too.
- Talk to an adult you trust. Don’t keep your feelings inside. Telling someone can help you feel less alone. They can help you make a plan to stop the bullying.
- Stay away from places where bullying happens.
- Stay near adults and other kids. Most bullying happens when adults aren’t around.
The following links provide further information on bullying and anti-bullying:
The following website was created by the US Government and gives information about how to prevent and spot bullying in a range of forms including cyber bullying.
Click on the logo to visit the Government anti-bullying website.
Page last updated: 12/06/21