We do not tolerate any form of Bullying. Bullying of any kind is always unacceptable.
Our College community believes that:
- Everyone has the right to feel safe at school
- Everyone has the right to be happy at school
- Everyone has a duty to help and support all members of our community.
This policy aims to ensure that the Governors, staff, parents and students work together to make
Newman College a place where Bullying will not be accepted.
This policy outlines what the college will do to prevent and tackle all forms of bullying.
The policy has been adopted with the involvement of the whole school community.
The college is committed to developing an anti-bullying culture where the bullying of adults, children or young people is not tolerated in any form.
What is bullying?
Bullying can be defined as the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person by another. Bullying can be physical or psychological. It can happen face to face or through cyberspace. It results in pain and/or distress to the victim.
Examples of bullying are:
- Emotional – excluding, tormenting, breaking equipment, threatening gestures, bribes, being unfriendly, spreading rumours
- Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching or any use of violence
- Verbal – teasing, name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours
- Racist – racial language, taunts or gestures
- Sexual – unwanted physical contact, abusive comments
- Homophobic – bullying someone because of their sexuality
- Trans-gender – bullying someone with trans-gender identity
- Cyber – unwanted text messages, e-mails or comments on social networking sites
- Religious – taunting due to religious belief or appearance.
Links to statutory guidance and legislation
This policy is based on DfE guidance ‘Preventing and Tackling Bullying’ July 2017 and supporting documents. It also considers the DfE statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ 2018 and ‘Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges’ guidance. The college is also informed by Childnet’s “Cyberbullying: Understand, Prevent and Respond: Guidance for Schools”.
There are several pieces of legislation which set out measures and actions for schools in response to bullying, as well as criminal and civil law. These include (but are not limited to):
- The Education and Inspection Act 2006, 2011
- The Equality Act 2010
- The Children Act 1989
- The Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014
- Protection from Harassment Act 1997
- The Malicious Communications Act 1988
- Public Order Act 1986
It is the responsibility of:
- The Headteacher to communicate this policy to the school community, to ensure that disciplinary measures are applied fairly, consistently and reasonably, and that a member of the senior leadership team has been identified to take overall responsibility.
- Governors to take a lead role in monitoring and reviewing this policy.
- All staff, including: governors, senior leadership, teaching and non-teaching staff, to support, uphold and implement this policy accordingly.
- Parents/carers to support their children and work in partnership with the school.
- Students to abide by the policy.
Definition of bullying
- Bullying can be defined as “behaviour by an individual or a group, repeated over time that intentionally hurts another individual either physically or emotionally”. (DfE “Preventing and Tackling Bullying”, July 2017)
- Bullying can include: name calling; taunting; mocking; making offensive comments; kicking; hitting; taking belongings; producing offensive graffiti; gossiping; excluding people from groups and spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours.
- Bullying includes the same unacceptable behaviours expressed online, sometimes called online or cyberbullying. This can include: sending offensive, upsetting and inappropriate messages by phone, text, instant messenger, through gaming, websites, social media sites and apps, and sending offensive or degrading photos or videos.
- Bullying is recognised by the college as being a form of peer on peer abuse. It can be emotionally abusive and can cause severe and adverse effects on children’s emotional development.
Forms and types of bullying covered by this policy
Bullying can happen to anyone. This policy covers all types and forms of bullying including:
- Bullying related to physical appearance
- Bullying of young carers, children in care or otherwise related to home circumstances
- Bullying related to physical/mental health conditions
- Physical bullying
- Emotional bullying
- Sexual bullying
- Bullying via technology, known as online or cyberbullying
- Prejudicial bullying (against people/students with protected characteristics):
- Bullying related to race, religion, faith and belief and for those without faith
- Bullying related to ethnicity, nationality or culture
- Bullying related to Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND)
- Bullying related to sexual orientation (homophobic/biphobic bullying)
- Gender based bullying, including transphobic bullying
- Bullying against teenage parents (pregnancy and maternity under the Equality Act)
- Monitors and reviews our anti-bullying policy and practice on a regular basis.
- Supports staff to promote positive relationships to help prevent bullying.
- Recognises that some members of our community may be more vulnerable to bullying and its impact than others; this may include children with SEND. Being aware of this will help us to develop effective strategies to prevent bullying from happening and provide appropriate support, if required.
- Will intervene by identifying and tackling bullying behaviour appropriately and promptly.
- Ensures our students are aware that bullying concerns will be dealt with sensitively and effectively; that everyone should feel safe to learn and abide by the anti-bullying policy.
- Requires all members of the community to work with the school to uphold the anti-bullying policy.
- Recognises the potential impact of bullying on the wider family of those affected so will work in partnership with parents/carers regarding all reported bullying concerns and will seek to keep them informed at all stages.
- Will deal promptly with grievances regarding the school response to bullying in line with our complaints policy.
- Seeks to learn from good anti-bullying practice elsewhere.
- Utilise support from the Local Authority and other relevant organisations when appropriate.
The following procedures will be followed for all reported incidents of bullying
- All incidents of bullying must be reported to staff. Students can do this via their Form Tutor, Pastoral Coordinators, Pastoral Manager, Year Leader or any other member of staff.
- Students are encouraged to report bullying on line via the confidential email
- All incidents of bullying must be recorded in SIMs.
- Parental contact will be made for both the victim and the perpetrator so that parents are kept fully informed.
- Where necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted.
- The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly.
- An attempt will be made to help the bully/bullies change their behaviour. One method that could achieve this is placing these students in a ‘Nurture Group’ where they will be afforded more personalised pastoral time on a daily basis.
- Reflection Programme via Internal Exclusion Centre.
- Formal procedures for racist incidents are to be followed. All incidents of racist abuse/bullying/harassment are to be reported to a designated member of the Safeguarding Team or the Pastoral Manager. It is the responsibility of the staff member to complete the NOHIB Form which are submitted to Pastoral Manager, these are then recorded and reported to the Local Authority via NOHIB forms.
Further information is available in Appendix A
One or more of the following may be implemented in response to an incident of bullying;
- Restorative Justice Conferencing: The Bully/Bullies may be asked to genuinely apologise. Other consequences may take place.
- In serious cases, Internal Exclusion or even Fixed Term Exclusion will be considered.
- Possible referral to the School liaison Police officer.
- Where possible, the students will be reconciled and an agreed way forward found.
- After the incident / incidents have been investigated and dealt with, each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place.
Training/Raising Awareness of Bullying under taken by Students and Staff
- Inset Training: Throughout the academic year.
- Bullying Protocol
- NOHIBs Forms
- E-Safety Training
- Restorative Justice Training
Raising Students Awareness:
- Whole school: Reporting Bullying assembly – here4u- reminder/PowerPoint
- Anti- Bullying Week –assemblies delivered by Pastoral Manager- November 2018
- E-Safety Workshop to whole year group Year 7 delivered by: Ellen Weedon –LSCB
- Whole school: PREVENT/Radicalisation-‘Darth’ assemblies delivered by Colette Morris – Autumn Term 1
- Behaviour Beyond School- assemblies- delivered by Pastoral Manager – Autumn Term 1
- Whole school Bullying Survey Autumn Term 1 (2018) and Spring Term 2 (2019)
- Assembly Results & Responses Autumn Term 1 (2018) and Spring Term 2 (2019)
Areas for development
To continue with the good practise already embedded within Newman College in keeping with our Catholic ethos.
Faith Love Reconciliation Courage Respect Dignity & Excellence
- Staff training in Restorative Practice Level One
- On line training E-Learning Modules-
- Effects of Bullying
- Conflict Resolutions
- To conduct further Bullying awareness events to supplement Anti-Bullying week.
- For revised Bullying flowchart to be published in all PPA rooms for quick reference.
- For Bullying Policy to be published in all learning spaces so students can refer to and are continually aware of the Bullying Policy.
- For Bullying to remain a standing item in weekly pastoral meetings so Miss Sweeney and the Pastoral Team to ensure consistency with the Bullying Policy and flowchart.
- Whole school Bullying questionnaire via Student Voice.
- To continue to encourage students to report any Bullying Incidents.
- To ensure Pastoral and support staff receive regular training to enhance their understanding of the effects of Bullying and reasons why children bully others in order to support victims effectively.
Appendix A Bullying protocol flow chart
Appendix B Student reporting