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Anti Bullying





Bullying is an anti-social behaviour and bullying of any kind is unacceptable in our school. The Golden Rules emphasise the positive behaviours which ensure bullying does not take place. The rules are stringently applied and Incidents of bullying are dealt with immediately. We wish to maintain a school ethos where positive behaviours of responsibility, respect, care, sharing and understanding are the norm and incidents of bullying rare. Our PSHE and Behaviour Policies contribute to this.


Many of our children learn aggressive and intimidating behaviours in their “street life” between home and school. Some learn such behaviours at first hand in the home. School must be a place where there is minimal intimidation, offering a safe environment which serves as a model for non-bullying relationships.



The aim of this policy is to work together to ensure that school is a safe place for children and adults to be:


  • All governors, teaching and non-teaching staff, pupils and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is and know the school policy is on bullying and to follow it when bullying is reported

  • All children should feel safe and secure at school

  • No child should be in fear of others

  • Children are free to learn in a caring, safe environment

  • As a school we take bullying seriously, pupils and parents should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported

  • Bullying will not be tolerated




Bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying results in pain and distress to the victim.


Bullying can be:



Being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, threatening gestures)


Pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence


Racial taunts, graffiti, gestures


Unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments


Because of, or focussing on the issue of sexuality

Direct or indirect Verbal

Name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing

Cyber bullying


All areas of internet ,such as email & internet chat room misuse Mobile threats by text messaging & calls Misuse of associated technology , i.e. camera & video facilities, IPad, games consoles


Bullying hurts, no one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Pupils who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.

Bullying can take place in the classroom, playground, toilets, on the journey to and from school, on residential trips and cyberspace. It can take place during the school day, in the classroom, in the corridor or toilets, on the playground, out of school whilst on residential visits, day visits, in group activities and between families in the local community


Bullying is more than a one-off incident. It is deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time, with the threat of future incidents. Bullying is not a dispute or fight between people of equal strength. Thus defined, bullying is uncommon at Maytree but it does happen. The term “bullying” is often used in an incorrect way by both children and parents to describe one off incidents between two children, and we need to continuously discourage misuse of the word to ensure that true bullying is given the fullest attention when it occurs.




Schools have a responsibility to respond promptly and effectively to issues of bullying.


Children are encouraged to recognise, and report, bullying through our PSHE programme and to report any incidents to an adult. However, for very young children, it is difficult to understand the difference between true bullying and one-off incidents that inevitably happen between children from time to time.


It is important that all adults in school look out for signs of bullying and do not regard all incidents as singular. Pupils who are being bullied may show changes in behaviour, such as becoming withdrawn and nervous, feigning illness, clinging to adults, increased absence from school. They may lose concentration and not apply themselves as well to their work.


Through the newsletter and parents meetings, school will try to ensure that parents are aware of what bullying is. If they suspect their child is being bullied that they know the correct procedures to ensure that the school is aware and taking action.


Parents should approach the child’s class teacher in the first instance. They will investigate and report to the Headteacher/anti-bullying coordinator, who will decide on any further course of action. The parents will be kept informed of progress.




If bullying is suspected, the incident will be dealt with immediately by the member of staff who has been approached.

  • The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly

  • A clear account of the incident will be recorded and given to the Headteacher/ anti-bullying coordinator

  • Headteacher/ anti-bullying coordinator will interview all concerned and will record the incident

  • Class teachers will be kept informed

  • Parents will be kept informed; in serious cases parents should be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem.

  • Punitive measures will be used as appropriate and in consultation with all concerned parties. Further disciplinary steps (such as official warnings and exclusions) may be used for persistent offenders

  • The ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) may be asked to work with the child

  • An attempt will be made to help the bully (bullies) change their behaviour


The victim will be supported in the following ways:-

  • Reassurance and support will be offered. Self-esteem and confidence will be restored through work with the ELSA

  • The child will have opportunities to discuss what happened with their class teacher, the Head, the ELSA

  • The child will know that home and school are working together for their safety and security

  • The child will be helped to develop better self-help strategies



  • The bully (bullies) may be asked to genuinely apologise. Other consequences may take place

  • In serious cases, suspension or even exclusion will be considered. If possible, the pupils will be reconciled

  • After the incident/incidents have been investigated and dealt with, each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place

  • After the incident/incidents have been investigated and dealt with, each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place



  • Writing a set of school rules

  • Signing a home school agreement

  • Writing stories or poems or drawing pictures about bullying

  • Reading stories about bullying or having them read to a class or assembly

  • Having discussions about bullying and why it matters


Help Organisations:

Advisory Centre for Education (ACE) • 020 7354 8321

Children’s Legal Centre • 0845 345 4345

KIDSCAPE Parents Helpline (Mon-Fri, 10-4) • 0845 1 205 204

Parent-line Plus • 0808 800 2222

Youth Access • 020 8772 9900

Bullying Online •

Visit the KIDSCAPE website for further support, links and advice.


Policy reviewed every 3 years


Review Date: Autumn 2017