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. Our Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policy makes it clear that we do not allow aggressive or unkind behaviour. Children sometimes fall out with friends or say unkind things in the heat of the moment. This may not be bullying.
The key characteristics that turn unkindness into bullying are as follows; ď‚ˇ
That it is repeated and goes on over time. That it is deliberate and not accidental. 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.
Listen carefully to everything you are told. Do not interrupt or put words into the child’s mouth.
Make a note on the behaviour chart or in the class log either at the time or straight afterwards. Remember to tell the child you are doing this.
Give a copy to the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher. This allows us to monitor bullying incidents and look for patterns, which may indicate that we need to make some changes.
If this is a minor incident, use the ‘No Blame’ approach and ensure that similar incidents do not happen again. Consider using the restorative justice approach. (See appendix in Behaviour/Anti-Bullying Policy)
Apply sanctions following Decoy’s Behaviour Policy as appropriate to the situation.
Discuss the incident with a member of the Senior Management Team.
Discuss serious situations with parents, explaining the actions taken to support the child.