ANTI-BULLYING WEEK 11th -15th NOVEMBER
- All members of the school community - governors, teachers and support staff, students and parents should have an in-depth understanding of what bullying is and the various types of bullying.
- All members of the school community should know what the school policy is on bullying and follow it when bullying is reported and challenged.
- All students and parents should know what the school policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.
- To reassure all members of the school community that Chislehurst School for Girls takes bullying seriously. All members of the school community should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.
- At Chislehurst School for Girls we do not tolerate bullying towards any member of the school community.
OUR CORE VALUES
The school aims to create a community based on our four core values:
- Respect: we value positive relationships built on mutual respect, care and kindness
- Responsibility: we encourage our students to take responsibility for their own learning, their environment and their behaviour choices
- Restoration: we take restorative approaches to develop empathy and the life-skills of negotiation, co-operation and compromise
- Resilience: we foster independent, aspirational learners who embrace challenge and can recognise and learn from their mistakes
These core values apply to each member of our school community regardless of their background, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. It is important therefore to create a safe environment in which students can grow in confidence and reach their full potential, free from intimidation or fear.
Discussions and training on bullying take place within the school curriculum providing the opportunity for staff and students to share views and ideas on behavioural issues. We place great emphasis on bullying as an unacceptable form of behaviour which will not be tolerated in the school community.
WHAT IS BULLYING?
Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally (Preventing and Tackling Bullying, DfE 2017).
Bullying can take many forms (for instance, cyber-bullying via text messages or the internet), and can be linked to prejudice against particular groups e.g. on the grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, special needs and/or disabilities or because a young person is adopted, “looked after” or has caring responsibilities for other family members. It might be motivated by actual differences between children or perceived differences.
Bullying often involves an imbalance of power between the perpetrator and the victim. This could involve the perpetrators of bullying having control over the relationship which makes it difficult for those they bully to defend themselves. This imbalance of power can show itself in several ways; threat or actual physical intimidation, verbal intimidation and/or social isolation or a combination of all three (Preventing and Tackling Bullying, DfE 2017).