GLF Schools

Anti-Bullying

Springfield Primary School is a happy and caring school where expectations of behaviour are high. We provide a safe and positive learning environment within which we seek to develop a mutually supportive attitude where children can understand and express their feelings and respect those of others. We aim to build a community based on partnership with parents, children, staff, governors and the wider community underpinned by The Springfield Way.

In providing a safe environment for children, the school does not tolerate any form of bullying behaviour, including repeated acts of aggression and/or discrimination. All acts of bullying are taken seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with the Anti-Bullying Policy.

What is bullying?

Bullying is the “‘repetitive, intentional hurting of one person by another person, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face to face or through cyberspace”. (Anti-Bullying Alliance 2010.)

Bullying differs from that of children falling out with each other in that it is:

  • Persistent and repeated over time
  • Intentionally hurtful and humiliates
  • Based on an imbalance of power

 

Bullying can happen to anyone and this policy covers all types of bullying:

Physical bullying

Actions which are carried out repeatedly to physically hurt another child, for example: kicking, pushing and hitting.

Verbal bullying

Offensive language which is used repeatedly with the intention of belittling a child and isolating them through for example: name calling, conditional friendships, excluding others, and generating rumours.

Discriminatory bullying

Repeated victimisation of a child on the basis of:

  • race, religion, nationality or culture
  • SEND
  • appearance
  • mental health
  • sexual orientation
  • young carers, children in care or otherwise related to home circumstances
  • Sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying

 

Cyber bullying

Actions which repeatedly take place online with the intention to harm (verbally or physically) another child.

 

Creating a Safe Learning Environment

At Springfield we recognise that bullying, especially if left unaddressed can have a devastating effect on individuals; it can create a barrier to learning and have serious consequences for mental wellbeing. In this the school takes a proactive approach to fostering a safe, positive climate for learning through:

  • Creating an inclusive environment, which promotes a culture of mutual respect, consideration and care for everyone, which will be upheld by all.
  • Openly discuss and celebrate differences between people that could motivate bullying, such as: religion, ethnicity, disability, gender, sexuality or appearance related difference.
  • Challenge practice and language which does not uphold the values of tolerance, non-discrimination and respect towards others.
  • Monitoring and reviewing our Anti-Bullying Policy and practice.
  • All members of the school community working in positive partnership, in accordance with the Anti-Bullying Policy, adopting zero-tolerance of bullying.
  • Ensuring our pupils 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.
  • Training staff on effective anti-bullying strategies.
  • Creating a high profile anti-bullying culture via pupil leadership through buddying, the Anti-Bullying Charter and Pupil Parliament.
  • Recognising that some members of our community may be more vulnerable to bullying and its impact than others; being aware of this helps us to develop effective strategies to prevent bullying from happening and provide appropriate support, if required.
  • Seeking appropriate support from wider professionals in supporting vulnerable children.
  • Actively create “safe spaces” (if necessary) for vulnerable children.
  • Be encouraged to use technology, especially mobile phones and social media positively and responsibly.
  • Celebrate success and achievements to promote and build the positive school ethos.

Please see the school’s Anti-Bullying Policy for further information. Link to Anti-bullying Policy

Our Pupil Parliament focus on creating a culture of kindness in the school through their #Choose Kindness programme (see links below) which has involved presentations in lessons, leading assemblies and making calm jars for all classes.

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