October 6, 2011 in by M Rudman
At Hans Price Academy we have a clear anti bullying policy that helps to make our Academy a friendly and caring place to be in.
What do we mean by bullying?
Bullying is where one or more students set out to hurt another student. This hurt can be caused by physical (hitting, punching, pushing etc) or verbal (cussing, taunting, threatening etc) aggression. Bullying can occur over a period of time or it might be a single incident. There is bullying in every school and all children can be bullies.
Because we recognise this, we try very hard to do something about it. We don’t have all the answers but we will try to deal with every incident that is reported to us.
What do we do about it?
- We make it very clear that bullying is not tolerated at Hans Price Academy. This is part of our ‘Sustainable Relationships & Partnerships’ values which are displayed around the Academy It is also part of the contract all parents sign when a student first comes to Hans Price Academy.
- We encourage students to talk to the mentors and teachers about any problems they have. If we don’t know, we can’t do anything to help.
- We look out for any bullying behaviour. There are staff on duty before and after school, at break and lunchtimes.
- We will take action. We will inform parents if their child is being bullied or is bullying.
- We use restorative justice to resolve bullying issues and to make sure that bullies face up to their responsibilities.
- We write down every incident that is reported to us. Often it is difficult to “catch” bullies. Only by recording every incident can we build up a picture and be able to take action.
Good advice for a student who is being bullied:
- Tell an adult you trust what is happening.
- Get your friends to say NO to bullies.
- Stay with groups of people.
- Don’t show you are upset.
- If you are in real danger, get away.
- Fighting back may make matters worse.
- Be vigilant on the way to and from the Academy.
Most bullying incidents are “one-off”.
The important thing is to help the victim to make the bully understand what the effect of their actions has been. Together parents and the Academy must try to let students know that they can get along without bullying or harassing others, and that they can gain the confidence to make friends.
Our message to all students must be