“Bullying is the wilful, conscious desire to hurt or threaten someone else”. Bullies behave in different ways, depending on the vulnerablity and responses from the victim. There are different types of bullying:-
- Verbal (threats, name calling and racism).
- Physical (punching and kicking).
- Cyber (abusive text messages, internet messages).
- Psychological (being excluded from groups and spreading rumours).
Any behaviour that is a deliberate regular attempt to harm, threaten or upset another is classed as bullying.
What is being done?
The issue of bullying will be included in lessons and class work. For instance, bullying issues are regularly covered in Drama and English. Bullying will be addressed in form time, assemblies and citizenship lessons. Staff supervise the main areas for students during break and lunchtime. The School Council often discuss new ways to prevent bullying. The school council and prefects also take an active role in countering bullying.
What will happen if bullying is reported?
- The victims will be talked to along with other witnesses.
- The accused “Bully” will be talked to, to get their version of events.
- Everything said will be kept confidential, where possible.
- Other staff, students and parents will be involved, where needed.
- Parents/carers will be kept fully aware.
- A record will be placed in all the involved students’ files.
- All students will be made aware that such behaviour will not be tolerated.
- Bullies will receive sanctions according to Hollins’ Code of Discipline.
- Serious incidents may result in the school informing the police and also being supportive of a prosecution.
The websites listed below offer direct links to other sources of information for parents and young people.
Advisory Centre for Education: www.ace-ed.org.uk
Registered charity independent of central or local government giving free advice and support to parents of children in state schools.
Anti-Bullying Network: www.antibullying.net
Established by the Scottish Executive. Useful links and reviews for teachers, parents and pupils on bullying and related issues.
BBC Schools: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zqypyrd
Includes information about bullying.
Bully OnLine: www.bullyonline.org
Information on bullying for teachers, children and schools which details the legal procedures available. This site also lists support groups for teachers.
Bullying Online: www.bullying.co.uk
Useful information and links on bullying and related issues for parents, children and teachers.
Primarily a helpline for children but has useful information and links on bullying. Chips (Childline in Partnership with Schools) encourages schools to support pupils in setting up anti-bullying projects.
The Children’s Society: www-the-childrens-society.org.uk
‘Bullying! Information for parents on how to help your child’ – leaflet giving information and practical guidance.
DfES (Department for Education and Skills): www.dfes.gov.uk/bullying
‘Bullying – don’t suffer in silence’ – anti-bullying pack available in all schools.
Advice for children, parents and teachers as well as training and sample policies.
Schools Out!: www.schools-out.org.uk
Campaigns for better support networks for gay and lesbian pupils and clearer guidance for teachers on issues of sexuality.
Sort it!: www.sortit.org.uk
Information for visually impaired young people aged 11-16 years, including help with bullying issues.
Aims to provide easy access to the best educational websites including information on bullying for teachers, parents and young people.
‘If looks could kill: young women and bullying’ – briefing paper drawing together the latest research into the problem of bullying experienced by young women and making recommendations for schools.