Colman Creative Academy's Anti Bullying Policy covers all students and staff in attendance.
Any form of bullying, whether verbal, physical, physiological or cyber; one off, occasional or repeated will not be tolerated at Colman Creative Academy.
Bullying is behaviour by an individual or a group, repeated over time (or possibly one serious incident) that intentionally hurts another. Bullying can take many forms and is often motivated by prejudice, for example on grounds of ability, special need, race, religion, culture, gender, sexual orientation, or because a child is adopted or has caring responsibilities.
Stopping violence and ensuring immediate physical safety is the academy's first priority. Although bullying in itself is not a specific criminal offence in the UK, it is important to bear in mind that some types of harassing or threatening behaviour may in some circumstances be regarded as such.
Bullying can be
Emotional – being unfriendly, excluding, and tormenting (e.g. hiding uniform, threatening gestures).
Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence.
Racist – racial taunts, graffiti, gestures.
Sexual – unwanted physical contact or sexually explicit and/or abusive comments.
Homophobic – because of, or focusing on, the issue of sexuality.
Verbal – name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing.
Disability – because of, or focusing on, a disability.
Cyber – using electronic means such as social websites, mobile phones, text messages, photographs or e-mail to cause pain and distress to a victim.
Religious/Cultural – religious or cultural intolerance of any sort.
Bullying can seriously damage a young person’s confidence and sense of self-worth. It can lead to serious and prolonged emotional damage for an individual, and, at its most extreme, suicide. Those who conduct the bullying or witness the bullying can also experience emotional harm, and the impact on parents and instructors can be significant. Colman Creative Academy understand's that some students, those with disabilities or special educational needs, can be more of a target for bullying, and watch for this.
Colman Creative Academy understands that as well as pupils bullying pupils, instructors can be bullies, or the victims of bullying, as can parents. The academy sees all incidents of bullying as unacceptable, and all known incidents are addressed with equal importance.
All members of the academy community (parents, pupils, and instructors) have a responsibility to ensure that, in so far as it reasonably practicable, bullying is prevented, and when it does occur, it is dealt with effectively and in accordance with this policy.
Principal of Colman Creative Academy
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To promote a consistent approach to managing behaviour with the emphasis on preventing bullying
For teachers to take the lead in ensuring policies are implemented effectively.
To create a safe and inclusive environment for all students.
To promote strongly positive behaviour of all types.
To ensure that concerns of all types are raised at an early stage and dealt with swiftly, fairly and with consistency.
To ensure both bullies and those being bullied are supported appropriately and systems put into place to monitor progress.
To ensure all concerns and reports of bullying of all kinds are recorded fully.
To communicate the contents clearly to all so that;
All teachers, pupils and parents have an understanding of what bullying is.
All teachers know what the school policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported.
All students and parents know what the academy policy is on bullying and what they should do if bullying arises.
Everyone takes bullying seriously at all times, so that students and parents are assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.
The Equality Act 2010 – the school complies with the aims of this act as follows:
We aim to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act.
We work to advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
We promote and foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
A record of all incidents of bullying (register) is kept by Chloe Colman, Principal. All relevant incidents occurring at any time are recorded.
The academy considers online safety a part of both safeguarding, anti-bullying and mobile devices. This includes the use of cyber technology to bully, including social media, websites, mobile telephones, text messages, photographs and emails. The Department for Education offers advice documents for both parents and school teachers on Cyber Bullying and these documents are available on the Department for Education Website. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preventing-and- tackling-bullying The school would also treat seriously cyber bullying of its teachers by any parent or student.
What can teachers do if bullying is suspected?
Signs to look for include withdrawal, low self-esteem, poor attendance, children flying into tempers (usually at home) weight loss, bursting into tears at the slightest criticism. Teachers should develop positive relationships with pupils so that they feel confident enough to report bullying. When bullying is reported, it is important to act quickly and to get the facts right noting times, names, places, witnesses, theft, damage, injuries. It may be advisable to ask the victim to keep a diary of events. All reports of bullying must be taken seriously. Any meetings with parents, copies of letters and the action agreed upon will also be recorded. It is important to fully investigate and hear ‘both sides of the story’.
If complaints of bullying are the result of normal, albeit distressing, changes in friendships, they may be best resolved in a low-key manner, with a minimum of disruption to pupil’s progress. In such situations, parents may not be automatically informed.
When a bullying incident is witnessed the teachers should remove both parties from the situation and hear both sides of the story. As soon as possible a written record of the incident should be made. Very minor incidents may be dealt with swiftly and verbally, and may require no further action – nonetheless positive action by instructors is necessary and a record made of the conversation. When a pupil complains of being bullied, he or she will be taken seriously and listened to. Any specific incidents will be noted down in writing, as well as a record of the pupil’s general feelings. When a parent raises an initial concern, the same process applies.
At all times a calm, unbiased and reflective investigation is carried out of any allegations made, in consultation with all parties involved. The academy will remain impartial, and make any decision regarding further action based on the evidence. If possible both parties should be reintegrated into the group/classroom as soon as possible. If not the parties should be taken to a safe place where a suitable adult can stay with them until an teacher attends.
In cases of cyber-bullying, any evidence in the form of text messages or other postings should be retained. The principal should be involved in all such instances. All parties will meet at the earliest possible opportunity to try to find a solution, and agree a plan of action to prevent such incidents happening again. It is often helpful to have an impartial witness at such meetings, such as another teacher. All incidents of bullying should be reported to the teachers concerned, via a written report. In addition a copy will be sent to the Principal for the bullying central file.
More severe cases of bullying will be reported to the Principal who will inform the parents and hold an investigation. If decided necessary, the Principal will decide whether to inform the Police or other agencies as needed.
Parents will be involved early in the process, and their support requested and desired. All incidents of bullying will be reported to parents/guardians. Parents’ support will be asked for, to help to prevent further incidents of bullying or anti-social behaviour. Regular communication will play a key part in resolving an incident. In low key issues as highlighted above parents may not be informed unless it becomes clear that the situation remains an issue.