Brighton Hill Community School

20. Anti-Bullying

Information & Policies

Published on - 22-07-2019

Anti-Bullying Policy and the School’s Response to Bullying

The policy has been reviewed and revised in light of a range of national documents:  

Objectives of the Policy 

Definition - Bullying is defined as behaviour that is repeated, intended to hurt someone either physically an/or emotionally and often aimed at certain groups, for example because of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.  However, bullying can happen to any student, at any time, for any reason.  Bullying takes many forms and can include: physical assault, teasing, making threats, name calling and/or cyber bullying (e.g. by compute/mobile phone via email, social network sites and/or instant messenger services).  Some categories of bullying include:

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

NOTE - Swift, positive responses to bullying are vital to the ethos of the School and the feeling of well-being of the students.  The enactment of the following policy is THE PRIORITY when staff witness, or have reported to them, acts of bullying.

This policy applies to all staff - teaching and support staff.

1. The School will promote, through work in tutor groups and lessons, an awareness of how to respond to bullying and awareness that bullying is unacceptable.  Curriculum opportunities will be used, particularly in the tutor programme (Yr7 community lunch, MyWorld, Head of Year assemblies), and ELSA sessions as well as targeted intervention groups through our Hub.

2. The School will act as set out in 3 - 6 below in cases of bullying between its students. When instances of bullying are reported it is important that staff engage listening strategies, carry out fair investigations and follow up the reports. 

3. Any member of staff (teaching or support) who witnesses an act of bullying or has an act of bullying reported to them will:

 

 

4. A tutor who witnesses an act of bullying or has one reported to him/her involving a member of his/her tutor group will:

 

 

5. When in receipt of a report of bullying a Head of Year will, within two working days:

 

 

6. When in receipt of a report of bullying from a Head of Year, a senior teacher will:

 

 

Responses to Bullying

 

 

Restorative Justice

 

 

Cyber-bullying – 

The rapid development of, and widespread access to, technology has provided a new medium for ‘virtual’ bullying, which can occur in or outside school. Cyber-bullying is a different form of bullying and can happen at all times of the day, with a potentially bigger audience, and more accessories as people can forward on content at a click. 

The Education Act 2011 amended the power in the Education Act 1996 to provide that when an electronic device, such as a mobile phone, has been seized by a member of staff who has been formally authorised by the headteacher, that staff member can examine data or files, and delete these, where there is good reason to do so. This power applies to all schools and there is no need to have parental consent to search through a young person’s mobile phone. 

If an electronic device that is prohibited by the school rules has been seized and the member of staff has reasonable ground to suspect that it contains evidence in relation to an offence, they must give the device to the police as soon as it is reasonably practicable. Material on the device that is suspected to be evidence relevant to an offence, or that is a pornographic image of a child or an extreme pornographic image, should not be deleted prior to giving the device to the police. If a staff member finds material that they do not suspect contains evidence in relation to an offence, they can decide whether it is appropriate to delete or retain the material as evidence of a breach of school discipline.

Where technology has been used to perpetrate the bullying, sanctions in line with the schools behaviour policy may be applied whether the cyber-bullying took place inside or outside of school.  In addition, the school has the right to limit/disable a students internet access in school (for occasions when a school computer has been used to send emails of a bullying nature), restriction of bringing mobile phones to School, contact with service providers, reporting of criminal acts under the Protection of Harassment Act 1997, the Malicious Communications Act 1988 or the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, Defamation Act 2013. In addition, staff have the right to seize and confiscate mobile phones when it is apparent that bullying has taken place using a mobile phone device.

The monitoring and review procedure for this policy is as follows:

Assistant Headteacher will:

 

 

NB:   In all cases when any member of staff is dealing with a student who has been reported for bullying they should be firm and calm.  There is a well-established body of information that bullying is learned from observed behaviour.  Little will be achieved by in effect bullying a bully by the use of aggressive accusative behaviour.  The member of staff’s emphasis should always be on explaining that bullying behaviour is unacceptable and cannot be tolerated at Brighton Hill Community School.  It is worth remembering that bullying can be unintentional with the perpetrator not realising he/she is causing distress.  In such cases quiet concerned counselling for the perpetrator as well as the victim can be the most productive response.

This policy links to other policies such as Behaviour Management and Safeguarding.    

Updated: July 2019

Ratified: 

Review: July 2021