Bullying and Peer-on-Peer Abuse
We deal with bullying immediately and we operate a zero tolerance of it. There is no legal definition of bullying, but we have adopted Bullying UK’s definition:
“Bullying is repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically.” We are also clear that bullying is not:
- One-off occasions of being left out, people not getting along, meanness or nastiness.
- A random act that made you scared or hurt.
- Falling out, arguing or fighting with people, when both sides are to blame.
Even though these are not bullying, these are still not acceptable behaviour and will still be dealt with. They may still constitute peer-on-peer abuse.
If a pupil feels like bullying or peer-on-peer abuse is taking place, they should tell a member of staff as soon as possible.
If they are not the victim, they can support the victim by
- Going with them to see a member of staff and backing up what they say to the member of staff.
- Telling them that you'll help them to tell their parents.
- Helping them tell their parents what's happening and asking them to communicate that to their Head of Year.
- Keeping a diary of what they see going on so that they can give the member of staff a reliable account of what has been happening.
Pupils are reminded not to be tempted to respond to any bullying or hit back because they could get hurt or get into trouble.
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