Bullying Policy

At New Direction, we operate a zero tolerance policy towards bullying of any kind.

 

This policy is an integral part of our behaviour policy and relates closely to the following policies:-

  • Dealing with challenging behaviour
  • Rewards and sanctions
  • Restraint
  • Equal opportunities
  • Child protection

It applies to all members of the New Direction Community.

DEALING WITH BULLYING

Initial Procedure – general guidelines

When a pupil tells you that he/she is being bullied it’s important to gather all the facts from both sides. This includes talking to the bully and any witnesses.

Bullies will often not act alone and it’s important to remember that you may be dealing with a number of pupils who are friends and who may give similar versions of events that differ to that of the victim.

You will know from your own experience of the students who is friends with who and can use this as a way of assessing the accuracy of what you are being told. Try to interview the pupils accused of bullying in such a way that they don’t have the opportunity to get together to make up stories.

Explain to the pupil accused of bullying what they are supposed to have done and get him/her to write down (or tell you for you to write down) exactly what they think happened, who was there and what led up to the incident. The bully may admit the event occurred but it’s worth while getting them to write it down anyway so you can talk to them about it in more detail later.

Ask them what their friends were doing while the incident was taking place and whether any other pupils or adults were nearby.

Bullies rarely admit what they have done, so just because the bullies may be ‘nice’ children, doesn’t mean that they are not bullying someone else.

Once you have all the facts and have established that bullying has taken place, you will need to decide how to proceed and what punishments are suitable. Much depends on the nature of the bullying.

 

 

You must explain to the pupil that what they have done constitutes bullying and that the school has a zero tolerance of this behaviour.

If it includes violence then you need to report this to the Principal. We should always consider calling in the police over violence where the attacker is over the age of criminal responsibility which is 10 in England and Wales.

Explain to the bully why their actions were wrong and help them to understand that these actions could land them in trouble with the police later in life.

Examples of bullying which could be a criminal offence include:

  • Assault – hitting, punching or kicking
  • Harassment – continual name calling, making abusive phone calls, posting abuse on the internet or sending threatening text messages

It’s appropriate in cases where bullying is persistent, for the bully’s parents or carers to be called in to school.

Not all parents are horrified to learn of their child’s behaviour and some may think their child is simply standing up for themselves. They may even be carrying out the parents’ advice to ‘hit back’.

Sanctions could include:

  • A warning
  • Break time detention
  • Loss of reward points
  • Internal exclusion within school
  • Permanent removal from school

In all cases parents should be informed of their child’s behaviour.

We can offer help to pupils who have serious behavioural problems through our support services and there is no reason why badly behaved and disruptive child should be allowed to terrorise other pupils …..

Much can be done by persistence in establishing a respectful atmosphere in the school.

RECORDING AND MONITORING REPORTS OF BULLYING

All reports of bullying must be recorded and investigated. As with any incident they should be recorded in the school incident book and categorised separately when incidents are audited.

 

 

The attached form should be completed by the member of staff dealing with the bullying. The Proprietor is responsible for ensuring all bullying incidents are followed up appropriately and should therefore be made award of bullying incidents when they occur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incident Report – Bullying

Please answer the following questions as fully as possible. If there has been more than one incident please use a separate report for each one.

 

  1. Who was there?

 

 

  1. What led up to the incident?

 

 

  1. Describe exactly what happened?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Did anything happen after the incident?

 

 

 

  1. Were there any other pupils or adults nearby?

 

 

Signed:- ………………………………………………………………..

 

 

Date:- ……………………………………………………..

 

 

 

Action taken by school:-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Member of staff:- ……………………………………………………..

 

 

Sanctions & Rewards

In our aim to create a calm learning environment in which each individual is consistently valued, affirmed, encouraged and praised it is important that sanctions and rewards are CONSISTENTLY and PREDICTABLY applied.

The Purpose Of This Policy

The school behaviour policy outlines how staff at New Direction school create and maintain good order and relationships through positive approaches.

This policy aims to give all members of the school community clear guidance so that any intervention that they undertake is carried out in a way that supports the values and principles described above. In particular, it aims to describe the exact application of rewards and sanctions so that consistency can be maintained under all circumstances.

The Principal will be responsible for ensuring that staff and parents are aware of the policy and will ensure that any necessary training/awareness-raising takes place so that staff know their responsibilities.

REWARDS

Positive behaviour and attendance should not be taken for granted but actively taught and reinforced. Praise should outweigh punishment. Further, we intend for our pupils to be in competition with themselves in order to improve on behaviour and achievement.

Daily tracking sheets will be maintained and pupils rewarded for improving on their own performance in terms of attendance, behaviour and achievement in subjects. Tracking sheets all for points to be lost for failing to behave according to expectations. Daily points will add up to merits. Points lost will therefore mean a loss of merits. Rewards trips will be offered to pupils achieving a set number of merits each half term.

In addition other rewards will take the form of:-

  • Frequent and details praise, e.g. “Thank you for sitting and listening so well Tony”. (Praise should be used even if it has taken a number of requests for the pupil to comply with an instruction).
  • Daily review of targets and tracking sheets with praise for achievement.

SANCTIONS

This scale of sanctions must be consistently applies by all staff at all times. Teaching assistants are advised to carry notebooks to keep a record of warnings and points deducted from each pupil to ensure accuracy.

The main sanction to be used will be the loss of points from the tracking sheet during the day. However, the following warning system will operate for each misdemeanour as follows:

 

 

  1. Misbehaviour in classroom:

Warnings:        1st warning to be addressed to pupils in general.

2nd warning to individual concerned that a point will be lost.

3rd offence = point off.

  1. Out of Bounds:

If a pupil remains in school building but out in restricted area (Officer, toilet, quiet room) = automatic loss of a point.

Out of school building but within perimeter = automatic loss of a point.

Out of bounds beyond school fence or on roof or up a tree = automatic loss of points., alternated with warnings as above.   Continuing to stay out of bounds after = phone call home as this will be considered to be truancy. May need the police to be called at the discretion of teaching staff. (See policy on absconding).

  1. Hygiene:

Not keeping rules of kitchen or washing hands after using toilet = loss of points as in the warning system above.

  1. Destroying display work:

Damaged display work or overturning cupboards etc must be put right at an appropriate time (break, lunchtime) as well as loss of points. If repairs are needed a bill will be sent home. Pupils are expected to tidy up at the end of lessons and points will be deducted if this is not done.

  1. Technology:

Phones, games, MP3/4 players etc should not be brought to school. If they are they MUST be handed in at the start of the day. Pupils will be forgiven for forgetting if they hand items over as soon as they remember. If they don’t hand an item in it will be confiscated until the end of term.

  1. Clothing:

No hoodies. Coats to be removed and handed in by the end of breakfast club. Points will be deducted for failure to comply. Uniform is compulsory.

ALTERNATIVE STRATEGIES

If the above strategy is not working then it may be necessary to devise an individual programme for the pupil. This might include referral to other members of staff including counselling staff for therapy/behaviour management sessions. We aim to be a non-excluding school but may need to use strategies such as part-time timetables or short periods of home education in consultation with parents. We intend to involve parents in therapeutic/counselling sessions as far as their circumstances will allow.

 

In addition to the above, issues of rewards and sanctions are open to discussion at school council and advocacy sessions. This policy is open to amendment with the agreement of the school community.

EXCLUSION AND RESTRAINT

  • We intend to be a non-excluding school as far as is possible as we have as our objective the improvement of behaviour that leads to exclusion in mainstream schools. However, individual timetables may include periods of home tuition or restricted hours where appropriate in order to address individual problems.
  • Exclusion will be considered if a pupil’s behaviour puts themselves or others at risk.
  • Restraint will be used sparingly but will be necessary if the pupil’s behaviour poses a threat to themselves or others. (See separate restraint policy.)

WHO MAY USE THESE SANCTIONS AND REWARDS?

In this school all teaching staff including assistants and supply staff and authorised and should fully familiarise themselves with the details of this policy.

 

This Policy was updated September 2016 – Review Date September 2017