Anti-Bullying Policy

Bullying Report & Bullying Policy

We monitor the impact of all policies on pupils, staff, parents and governors with particular reference to the impact on the attainment and wellbeing of pupils.

As a Roman Catholic College we believe that our policy should reflect our mission statement, which calls us to love and honour the dignity of every individual.

Contents

Newman College Mission Statement

Bully Policy

Bullying Protocol & Flowchart

Reporting

NOHIB Forms

Raising Students Awareness:
Bullying Assembly/ E-Safety Workshops delivered to Year 7.
Here4u email here4u@newmanrc.oldham.sch.uk

Raising Staff Awareness:
INSET– Workshop/ E-Safety Training led by LADO

Opportunities for Development

Newman College Mission Statement
Newman College believes that the protection of children is an integral part of the ethos of the College, and that we are a “Listening” College which seeks to create an atmosphere in which Children feel secure, that their viewpoints are valued, and that they are encouraged to talk and are listened too, in keeping with the principles of the College Mission Statement.

We do not tolerate any form of Bullying. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our college.
Our College community believes that:

• Everyone has the right to feel safe at school;
• Everyone has the right to be happy at school;
• Everyone has the duty to help and support all members of our community.

The Governors, staff, parents and students work together to make; Newman College a place where Bullying will not be accepted.

Bullying Policy 2016/17
(Rectified September 2016) To be Review September 2017

Introduction
We do not tolerate any form of bullying. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable at our college.

Our College community believes that:
• Everyone has the right to feel safe at school;
• Everyone has the right to be happy at school;
• Everyone has the duty to help all members of our community.

The Governors, staff, parents and pupils work together to make The Newman College a place where bullying will not be accepted.

What is bullying?
Bullying can be defined as the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person by another. Bullying can be physical or psychological. It can happen face to face or through cyberspace. It results in pain and/or distress to the victim.

Examples of bullying are:
• Emotional – excluding, tormenting, breaking equipment, threatening gestures, bribes, being unfriendly, spreading rumors;
• Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching or any use of violence;
• Verbal – teasing, name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours;
• Racist – racial language, taunts or gestures;
• Sexual – unwanted physical contact, abusive comments;
• Homophobic – bullying someone because of their sexuality;
• Trans-gender – bullying someone with trans-gender identity;
• Cyber – unwanted text messages, e-mails or comments on social networking sites;
• Religious – taunting due to religious belief or appearance.

Objectives of this Policy
• All governors, teaching and non-teaching staff, pupils and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is;
• All governors, teaching and non-teaching staff should know what the school policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported;
• All pupils and parents should know what the school policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises;
• As a school we take bullying seriously. Pupils and parents should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported;
• Bullying will not be tolerated.

Identifying Signs of Bullying
The behaviour of individuals may change for a number of reasons. Being bullied can be one reason for this.

The individual may:
• become withdrawn, tearful, moody, aggressive, uncooperative or non-communicative or have sleep or appetite problems;
• have more difficulty concentrating, have cuts, bruises or aches and pains without adequate explanation or request extra money;
• have clothes or possessions which are damaged or lost or complain of illness more frequently;
• be afraid to use the internet or mobile phone;
• be nervous and jumpy when a cyber-message is received.
• behave in uncharacteristic ways or display a noticeable change in behaviour.

Prevention
• Staff will become familiar with the policy through whole school staff meetings and they will be encouraged to apply the policy consistently when episodes of bullying are witnessed or reported.
• Staff will constantly reinforce the message to pupils that bullying is unacceptable and will take positive action to prevent and control it. This will partially take place through communication in form time.
• The issue of bullying will be raised with pupils at whole school level through assemblies where pupils will be informed of the policy and the actions that will be taken to prevent bullying taking place.
• Parents who believe their children are the victims of bullying should share their concerns with key members of the school staff and be prepared to work with staff to resolve the difficulties.

Response Strategies
• Report bullying incidents to staff. Pupils can do this via their Form Tutor, Pastoral Coordinators, Pastoral Manager, Year Leaders Family or any other member of staff or via email (here4u@newmanrc.oldham.sch.uk).
• In cases of bullying, the incidents will be recorded by staff;
• In cases of bullying parents/guardians should be informed and will be asked to come in to a meeting to discuss the problem;
• If necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted;
• The bullying behaviour or threats of bullying must be investigated and the bullying stopped quickly;
• An attempt will be made to help the bully/bullies change their behaviour. One method that could achieve this is placing these pupils in a ‘Nurture Group’ where they will be afforded more personalised pastoral time on a daily basis.
• Reflection Programme via Internal Exclusion Centre.
• Formal procedures for racist incidents are to be followed. All incidents of racist abuse/bullying/harassment are to be reported to a designated member of the Safeguarding Team or the Pastoral Manager. It is the responsibility of the staff member to complete the NOHIB Form which are submitted to Pastoral Manager, these are then recorded and reported to the Local Authority via NOHIB forms.

Outcomes
• Restorative Justice Conferencing: The bully/bullies may be asked to genuinely apologise. Other consequences may take place;
• In serious cases, Internal Exclusion or even Fix Term Exclusion will be considered;
• Possible referral to the School liaison Police officer.
• Where possible, the pupils will be reconciled;

After the incident / incidents have been investigated and dealt with, each case will be monitored to ensure repeated bullying does not take place.

Pupil Consultation
Pupils will:
• sign a behaviour contract;
• partake in assemblies focusing on bullying;
• E-Safety Presentation/Assembly
• partake in PSHE work, discussion and role plays on bullying;
• Views will be gained from the Student Council on the effectiveness of the Anti-Bullying Policy.

REMEMBER: NO-ONE DESERVES TO BE BULLIED

We monitor the impact of all policies on pupils, staff, parents and Governors with particular reference to the impact on the attainment and wellbeing of pupils.

Bullying Protocol
Bullying comes in various forms; we operate a zero tolerance policy. We actively encourage our students to report any kind of bullying.

Ways in which bullying can be reported:
• Report to relevant Pastoral Coordinators or Pastoral Manager, Form Tutor, Year Leader or Peer Mentors, or any adult in school-
• Bullying log on school’s email. here4u@newmanrc.oldham.sch.uk

In all cases the information will be past to the appropriate member of the Pastoral Team to action.
If a student feels’ they are experiencing bullying within school, actions will be taken by relevant Pastoral Coordinators and Pastoral Managers.

Information will be recorded on the appropriate forms.

Pastoral Manager or Pastoral Coordinator
• Speak to student who is feeling vulnerable. Reassuring student(s)
• Take details of incident i.e. Nature of incident.
• Written statement of what happened in students own words.
• Who’s involved if known?
• Where and when- time/place.

Once information is gathered Pastoral Coordinator or Pastoral Manager will take appropriate steps to resolve the matter;

Speak to student(s) involved- As above take details of their actions towards a fellow student.
Depending on the nature of the incident parent(s)/carer(s) will be informed.

Restorative Justice – mediation.

Conflict resolution work with victim(s) and perpetrator(s) –In most cases there is a positive outcome for all concerned, the bullying ceases.

However if it does occur again: it may result in;
• Parental meetings.
• Restorative Justice Panel meeting.
• In extreme circumstances, the school Police Liaison Team may be involved.
• The incident would be logged in the school’s “Bullying Log”.

Bullying Protocol Flowchart

To continue with the good practise already embedded within Newman College in keeping with our Catholic ethos.

Faith Love Reconciliation Courage Respect Dignity & Excellence.

Training/Raising Awareness of Bullying under taken by Students and Staff.

Staff Development:

Inset Training: Throughout the academic year.
• Bullying Protocol
• NOHIBs Forms
• E-Safety Training
• Restorative Justice Training

Raising Students Awareness:
• Whole school: Reporting Bullying assembly – here4u- reminder/PowerPoint
• Anti- Bullying Week –assemblies delivered by Pastoral Manager- November 2016
• E-Safety Workshop to whole year group Year 7 delivered by: Ellen Weedon -LSCB
• Whole school: PREVENT/Radicalisation-‘Darth’ assemblies delivered by:
o Colette Morris – Autumn Term 1
• Behaviour Beyond School- assemblies- delivered by Pastoral Manager – Autumn Term 1
• Whole school Bullying Survey Autumn Term 1 (2016) and Spring Term 2 (2017)
• Assembly Results & Responses Autumn Term 1 (2016) and Spring Term 2 (2017)

Areas for development
Future Training:

• Staff training in Restorative Practice Level One
• On line training E-Learning Modules-
• Effects of Bullying
• Conflict Resolutions

To continue with the good practise already embedded within Newman College in keeping with our Catholic ethos.

Faith Love Reconciliation Courage Respect Dignity & Excellence.

• To conduct further Bullying awareness events to supplement Anti-Bullying week.
• For revised Bullying flowchart to be published in all PPA rooms for quick reference.
• For Bullying Policy to be published in all learning spaces so students can refer to and are continually aware of the Bullying Policy.
• For Bullying to remain a standing item in weekly pastoral meetings so Ms Sweeney and Mr Lord can continue reporting to the pastoral team to ensure consistency with the Bullying Policy and flowchart.
• Whole school Bullying questionnaire via Pupil Voice.
• To continue to encourage pupils to report any Bullying Incidents.

To ensure Pastoral and support staff receive regular training to enhance their understanding of the effects of Bullying and reasons why children bully others in order to support victims effectively.