Anti-bullying statement

Everyone connected with Greenbank High School has a responsibility to create a secure, safe environment for pupils in our care, so that parents may send their children to school in the confident knowledge that they will be protected from bullies. As a school, our anti-bullying policy seeks to ensure that pupils learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without fear of being bullied. Bullying is anti-social behaviour and affects everyone; it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

As a Rights Respecting School we uphold the key principles and provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child:
•The right to a childhood (including protection from harm)
•The right to be educated
•The right to be healthy (including having clean water, nutritious food and medical care)
•The right to be treated fairly (which includes changing laws and practices that discriminate against children)
•The right to be heard (which includes considering children’s views)
Children’s rights are a special case because many of the rights laid down in the Convention on the Rights of the Child have to be provided by adults or the state. However, the Convention also refers to the responsibilities of children, in particular to respect the rights of others. Here are some of the responsibilities that could accompany rights:
•If every child, regardless of their sex, ethnic origin, disability, social status, language, age, nationality or religion has these rights, then they also have a responsibility to respect each other in a humane way.
•If children have a right to be protected from conflict, cruelty, exploitation and neglect, then they also have a responsibility not to bully or harm each other.
•If children have a right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, then they also have the obligation to respect other’s thoughts or religious principles.

Definition of bullying
Bullying is defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time and is not just a one off incident, where it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves, will disturb their education and could cause their life to be a misery. (DfES guidance ‘Bullying: Don’t suffer in Silence’ combined with the GHS Article 12 School council, 2017)
Different types of bullying
Electronic / Cyber-bullying – bullying by text message, bullying on the internet (in chat rooms, on bulletin boards and through instant messaging services) hate websites.
Physical – hitting, kicking, spitting, tripping someone up, stealing/damaging someone’s belongings. Verbal – name calling, insulting, racist remarks, threats of physical violence, spreading rumours,constantly putting a person down etc.
Indirect (known as emotional/psychological) – spreading rumours, excluding somebody from
social groups, sending malicious messages
Racist – Racism means you are subjected to abuse and harassment because of your race, colour
or beliefs. (e.g. insulting language/gestures based on a person’s actual perceived ethnic origin or
faith, name calling, graffiti, racially motivated violence. Please see our anti-racism pledge on the
school website.
Sexual – sexually insulting language/gestures, name calling, graffiti, unwanted physical contact.
Homophobic – insulting language/gestures based on a person’s actual or perceived sexuality,name calling, graffiti, homophobic violence.
All of the above are unacceptable and will not be tolerated at Greenbank High School

Creating an anti-bullying climate at Greenbank

GHS Anti-bullying Policy Assembly 2022
The aims of the school state that the school will

  • help pupils to be polite and honest and to develop a sense of independence, strengthened by the abilityto work with others in a tolerant, caring and understanding way”.
  • “help pupils to develop positive and confident attitudes to the needs of others and to the environment”.

The Behaviour for Learning Policy reflects these aims.

Our curriculum is used to:

  • raise awareness about bullying and our anti-bullying policy
  • develop PSHCE schemes of work and enrichment days to highlight bullying related issues and how todeal with them.
  • develop self-esteem through, for example:
  • displays of work
  • verbal praise and other rewards
  • encouraging pupils to stand up for themselves and not to allow others to make their lives unhappy
  • pupils being given responsibilities within school
  • pupils being encouraged to express their opinions and ideas
  • School assemblies/ Personal Development Time to be used to reinforce bullying will not be tolerated.
  • Posters on the school notice boards/form rooms/classrooms/computer screen savers to be used to remind pupils that bullying is not acceptable.
  • A summary of this policy is in all student planners.
  • Provide written guidance to our pupils to explain what they should do if they are being bullied or if they see another pupil being bullied.
  • Leaflets to Parent/Carers and pupils regarding bullying are available from the front office.
  • Pupils need to realise that they must not stand by and let bullying happen. If they witness bullying taking place and take no action, they become part of the problem and as such are condoning it.

Pupils who are bullied will be

  • listened to and taken seriously and the incident will be discussed only with the necessary people.
  • assured that it was right to report the incident(s).
  • reassured that they do not deserve to be bullied.
  • involved in the process of deciding what action is to take place to help and stop the bully.
  • able to discuss strategies to deal with emotions and feelings and to understand and cope with bullying.
  • discouraged from hitting back or retaliating in any way.
  • offered the chance to talk with other staff that can support – e.g. Attendance Welfare Officer, Careers Adviser.
  • engaged in follow up meetings to ensure the any action taken is working

Staff will always try to ensure pupil safety.

Pupils who are bullies:

  • will have their behaviour challenged
  • will be treated fairly
  • will be given the opportunity to change behaviour and encouraged and supported in doing so.
  • will be told that sanctions may be imposed

Sanctions:

  • Official warnings to cease offending i.e. letter home
  • Parent/Carers invited in to school
  • Detention
  • Loss of free time
  • Exclusion from certain areas of school premises
  • Fixed term exclusion
  • Permanent exclusion

 

Specialist organisations to support the anti-bullying policy

The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) (www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk): Founded in 2002 by NSPCC and

National Children’s Bureau, the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) brings together over 100 organisations into one network to develop and share good practice across the whole range of bullying issues.

Beatbullying (www.beatbullying.org): A bullying prevention charity with an emphasis on working directly with children and young people. In addition to lesson plans and resources for Parent/Carers, Beatbullying have developed the Cyber mentors peer support programme for young people affected by cyber-bullying.

Kidscape (www.kidscape.org.uk): Charity established to prevent bullying and promote child protection providing advice for young people, professionals and Parent/Carers about different types of bullying and how to tackle it. They also offer specialist training and support for school staff, and assertiveness training for young people

Cyber-bullying: ChildNet International (www.childnet.com): Specialist resources for young people to raiseawareness of online safety and how to protect themselves.

https://www.bullybusters.org.uk/

We are currently recruiting our next round of Anti-bullying ambassadors who will be trained in a programme developed by The Diana Award.

Further details may be found in the school’s Anti-bullying policy Anti-Bullying

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