Anti-bullying

Bullying

Bullying is unwanted negative behaviour, verbal, psychological or physical conducted by an individual or group against another person (or persons) and which is repeated over time. Department of Education and Skills, 2013

At Hartshill School we proactively promote our key virtue of kindness and tolerance. As such we have a zero tolerance approach to bullying and take all allegations of bullying seriously. We believe that pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring, safe environment in which they can succeed

To ensure this we have a range of support in place, outlined below, and educate pupils through our comprehensive program of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), assemblies and tutor programme. These sessions cover key themes including the importance of being kind, diversity, individuality, staying safe online and the consequences bullying.

We urge you and your child to report any concern you have so we can work with you to resolve this. Your child is able to report their concerns to any member of staff within the school. For parents/carers please report your concerns to your child’s Head of Year In the first instance via email or by contacting the school reception.

Heads of Year: 

Year 7: ross.innes@midlandat.co.uk

Year 8: clare.robinson@midlantat.co.uk

Year 9: millie.merrigan@midlandat.co.uk

Year 10: susan.gittings@midlandat.co.uk

Year 11: joshua.whetton@midlandat.co.uk

School reception telephone number: 024 76399 2237

You and your child can also report any issues confidentially by emailing:

HHSneedtotalk@midlandat.co.uk

In addition we have pupil House Captains who pupils can talk to about issues and are also relaunching anti bullying ambassadors and anti-bullying boxes, which pupils can post their concerns in.

We act quickly to resolve any situation which is brought to our attention and are committed to working together with pupils, parents and the wider community to ensure any incidence of bullying, online or in person is robustly tackled and challenged. Please do contact us if you have any concerns or need any help.

Types of bullying

There are many different types of bullying that can occur, some of the more common types are:

Name calling: persistent name-calling directed at the same individual(s), which hurts, insults or humiliates.

Physical aggression: this behaviour includes pushing, shoving, punching, kicking, poking and tripping people. It may also take the form of severe physical assault. Personal property can be the focus of attention for the bully.

Isolation/Exclusion and other relational bullying: this occurs where a certain person is deliberately isolated, excluded or ignored by some or the entire class group; relational bullying occurs when a person’s attempts to socialise and form relationships with peers are repeatedly rejected or undermined.

Cyber-bullying: this type of bullying is increasingly common and is continuously evolving. It is bullying carried out through the use of information and communication technologies such as text, social network sites, e-mail, instant messaging (IM), apps, gaming sites, chat- rooms and other on line technology.

Extortion: demands for money may be made, often accompanied by threats (sometimes carried out in the event of the targeted pupil not delivering on the demand). A pupil may also be forced into theft of property for delivery to another who is engaged in bullying behaviour. Intimidation: some bullying behaviour takes the form of intimidation; it may be based on the use of very aggressive language including body language.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance website has many resources and advice for pupils and parents:

https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk

www.stoponlineabuse.org.uk/