At Decoy Community Primary School we expect children to co-operate and be kind to one another, but we know that from time to time, things go wrong. Children sometimes fall out with friends or say unkind things in the heat of the moment. This may not be bullying.
Bullying keeps on happening over time. The person who is being unkind is doing it on purpose. The person who is bullying has some sort of power over the person being bullied. This could be that the bully is bigger or louder, or it could just be that they have a toy that everyone wants to play with.
If someone is being bullied they sometimes feel it is their fault. Sometimes they may be too afraid of the bully to tell a grown up ,or afraid that they may get the blame for not standing up for themselves.
They may feel lonely, scared or sad.
Move away from the situation as quickly as possible.
Tell your teacher or another adult that you trust straight away. It is important that we help you to sort things out as quickly as possible. If you feel a bit worried about talking to someone, ask a friend to come with you or write a note to your teacher. Sometimes teachers are busy and may not listen to you straight away. Keep telling them and make it clear that this is very important. All of the teachers know how to help you. Don’t hit or kick. It wont make things any better, and you will probably end up in trouble yourself!
If you think you may be bullying someone, talk to your teacher or teaching assistant. They can help you to develop positive friendships.
We will listen to everyone involved and everyone who saw what happened.
We will ask what you think should happen to make things better.
We will work hard to make sure that the bullying doesn't happen again. We will keep talking to you, and watch to see that the bullying has stopped.
Sometimes we will involve your parents.
Everyone has the right to be safe and happy at school and we will work hard to make sure that you are.
Treat other people as you would like them to treat you. Itâ€™s as easy as that!