At Combe Martin Primary School we use our WITS:
IGNORE THE BULLY
For full and further information please read the Federation Anti-Bullying Policy – which can be found here.
The definition of ‘Bullying’ is;
‘ a persistent act of cruelty to another person. It is deliberate, it can be aggressive, it is repeated often over a period of time, and it is difficult for the victim to defend themselves.’
Bullying can take many forms;
- VERBAL – name calling, insulting, offensive remarks, sarcasm and teasing.
- PHYSICAL – hitting, kicking, hiding, and taking belongings, punching, pinching, violent threats.
- INDIRECT BULLYING can include spreading stories about someone, exclusion from groups, malicious gossip and rumours, social media, emails or text messages.
- RACIST BULLYING includes taunts, graffiti and gestures
- SEXUAL Bullying or HOMOPHOBIA will include unwanted physical contact and abusive comments.
At school we will ensure…
- That the incident(s) is correctly identified as bullying
- Children can tell anyone
- Children can write their issues and post it e.g. Issues Boxes
- Reports are treated in the first instance as confidential and they must be investigated separately –Bully and victim.
- Staff MUST report ALL incidents first to the class teacher, then to the SLT and as a final recourse to the Head Teacher
- Parents will be contacted at an early stage on both sides
- All racial incidents will be reported to the Senior Leadership Team
- We will investigate and talk to witnesses
- all staff are alerted
- Impose consequences fairly and consistently
- Take action to prevent further incidents
- Encourage the ‘Bully’ to accept responsibility and obtain an apology
- Consider counselling
- Encourage the use of a Buddies
- Encourage a Peer Mentoring system
- Establish a point of contact for the child to report any further problems
- Encourage a ‘Circle of Friends’ approach
- Encourage the children to use their W.I.T.S.
Walk away – Ignore the bully – Tell Someone
At Combe Martin we are part of the ANTI BULLYING ALLIANCE – Please see their pages for advice if you need it (click on the picture above).
This advice from Kids Health Website will help you at home… <MORE HERE>
You can do your part at home, too. Here are five smart strategies to keep kids from becoming targets — and stop bullying that has already started:
- Talk about it.
- Can you remove the reason?
- Buddy up for safety.
- Keep calm and carry on.
- Don’t try to fight the battle yourself.