Anti Bullying Policy 2017-18

‘Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself’. – Harvey S. Firestone

Arab Unity School believes that every child and adult should be able to work and study in an innocuous and enriching environment where the mere fact of coming to school is something to look forward to. It is the responsibility of all to ensure that our community promotes mutual respect, understanding and equality where bullying is not tolerated at any time. We aim to make all those connected with the school aware of our opposition to bullying, and responsibilities are designated to members of staff with regard to the eradication of bullying in our school.

Bullying can be:

• Emotional – being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting

• Physical – pushing, kicking, hitting, punching or any use of violence

• Verbal – name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing

• Racist – taunts, graffiti, gestures

• Cultural- commenting against one’s culture

• Gender – unwanted physical contact or abusive comments based on gender

• Cyber – all areas of internet such as email misuse, mobile threats by text/calls, misuse of associated technology such as cameras

Any incident of bullying should be reported to a staff member who will deal with it promptly and effectively. It is important that time is spent with the victim and the bully to consider the reasons.

Roles and Responsibilities

The role of students:

• Students are expected to treat others fairly and with respect.

• Students are encouraged to tell anybody they trust if they are being bullied, and, should the bullying continue, they must continue to let people know.

• Students must report any incidence of bullying, even if they observe as a bystander.

The role of parents and families:

• Parents should set a positive example and be a role model at all times.

• Parents who are concerned that their child might be being bullied, or who suspect that their child may be a victim should contact the school where appropriate action will be taken and the situation monitored. Parents will be informed of the outcome of an investigation and their support may be necessary. • Create Healthy Anti-Bullying Habits starting as young as possible, coach your children on both what not to do (push, tease, and be mean to others) as well as what to do (be kind, empathize, and take turns). Also coach your child on what to do if someone is mean to him or to another (get an adult, tell the bully to stop, walk away and ignore the bully).

• Make Sure Your Child Understands Bullying Explicitly explain what it is and that it's not normal or tolerable for them to bully, be bullied, or stand by and watch other kids be bullied.

• Parents have a responsibility to support the school’s Anti-Bullying

The role of the Principal- Child Protection Officer:

• To implement the school anti-bullying strategy and to ensure that all staff (both teaching and non-teaching) are aware of the school policy and know how to deal with incidents of bullying.

• To ensure that all students know that bullying is wrong and that it is unacceptable behaviour. • Develop a School-wide Code of Conduct that reinforces school values and clearly defines unacceptable behaviour and consequences. Empower bystanders -- teachers and especially students -- to help enforce it by training them to identify and respond to inappropriate behaviours. • Increase Adult Supervision Most bullying happens when adults are not present, so make sure they are "visible and vigilant" in hallways, stairwells, cafeterias and locker rooms, as well as on buses and the way to and from school for students who walk.

• To ascertain that all staff receives sufficient training to be equipped to deal with all incidents of bullying.

• To set the school climate of mutual support and praise for success so as to reduce the likelihood of bullying, aggression is far less likely to be part of a student’s behaviour when pupils feel they are important and belong to a friendly and welcoming school.

Role of the counsellor:

• Conduct Bullying Prevention Activities such as all-school assemblies, communications campaigns or creative arts contests highlighting school values to bring the community together and reinforce the message that bullying is unacceptable. 

• Maintain an on-going communication with the students and staff on areas concerning bullying. 

• Nominate the members of the student council to organize meetings and campaigns to spread awareness.

Procedure for Dealing with Reported Incidents

The school’s Holistic Inclusion Policy should be followed in cases of reported incidents, keeping in mind that:

• The class teacher is the first point of contact for all issues.

• All forms of bullying in the school are considered as LEVEL 3 behaviour.

• All incidents of bullying are directly reported to the HOS EYFS, deputy head (primary) HOS secondary and sixth form .

• The DH primary/HOS will issue the incident form (student) to both the parties (victim and the bully).

• The HOS/ DH primary, counsellor and the KS Coordinator pastoral analysis the situation and necessary actions are taken.

• Parents of the students (bully and the victim) are informed about the incident by the counsellor or the key stage coordinator pastoral.

• Depending on the case social and emotional support will be provided by the counsellor or HOI.

• All the documentation concerning bullying will be maintained by the counsellor.

• Students can be referred to the Principal/ Head of Inclusion/ HOS/ Counsellor at any stage, depending upon the severity of the incident.

• There is a concern box placed in the HOS’s room, for students who are unable to express themselves overtly. Cases are reviewed and necessary will be taken.

At AUS we provide opportunity for both victim and bully to express their point of view and to analyse the triggering behaviour. Parents of both the victim and the bully will be kept informed and any actions taken by the school should be explained to them. At all times, it is stressed that bullying is not acceptable and that action will always be taken.

Policy Information:

Date adopted by the governing body:

Prepared by:                                                                        Stephy Abraham

Policy Review Date:                                                             May 2017


Chair of governors:                                         ______________________________________________              

Principal:                                                          ______________________________________________

Agreed by: