Bullying is defined as deliberately hurtful behaviour, repeated over a period of time, where it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves. It can take many forms, but the three main types are physical (e.g. hitting, kicking and theft) verbal (e.g. name calling, racist remarks) or indirect (e.g. spreading rumours, excluding someone from social groups).

We take a very serious approach to bullying and it is not tolerated in any form at John Burns.

Preventing, identifying and responding to bullying

The school community will:

  • Create and support an inclusive environment which promotes a culture of mutual respect, consideration and care for others which will be upheld by all.
  • Work with staff and outside agencies to identify all forms of prejudice-driven bullying.
  • Actively provide systematic opportunities to develop pupils’ social and emotional skills, including their resilience.
  • Provide a range of approaches for pupils, staff and parents/carers to access support and report concerns.
  • Challenge practice which does not uphold the values of tolerance, non-discrimination and respect towards others.
  • Consider all opportunities for addressing bullying in all forms throughout the curriculum and supported with a range of approaches such as through displays, assemblies, peer support and the school/student council.
  • Regularly update and evaluate our approaches to take into account the developments of technology and provide up-to-date advice and education to all members of the community regarding positive online behaviour.
  • Train all staff including teaching staff, support staff (including administration staff, lunchtime support staff and site support staff) and pastoral staff to identify all forms of bullying, follow the school policy and procedures (including recording and reporting incidents).

Indications of possible bullying

A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Parents / Carers should be aware of these possible signs and that they should investigate if a child:

  • is frightened of walking to or from school
  • doesn’t want to go on the bus to/from school or begs to be driven to school
  • changes their usual routine
  • is unwilling to go to school (school phobic)
  • begins to truant
  • becomes withdrawn, anxious or lacking in confidence
  • starts stammering
  • attempts or threatens to run away/suicide
  • cries themselves to sleep or has nightmares
  • feels ill in the morning, or claims to feel ill
  • begins to do poorly in school work/change in attitude
  • becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable
  • is bullying other children or siblings
  • is nervous or jumpy when a cyber message or text message is received.

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