On 5th June 2014 we were awarded the Anti-bullying Community Award by the Local Authority. This prestigious award is given to schools, after a rigorous auditing process, that show excellent and on-going commitment to actively and consistently tacking issues of bullying.
18% of children and young people who worried about bullying said that they would not tell their parents about it and 160,000 children stay at home from school every day because of fear of bullying.
The Anti-Bullying Action Team (ABAT) delivered an assembly to all year groups during Anti-bullying week 2013, highlighting the reasons why students should report bullying and how they could do this.
46% of children and young people have been bullied at school so we know that it happens. We as the college community, must work together to ensure that we provide support for those that do not have the confidence to speak out.
SPEAK OUT – Many students raised their hand in assembly when asked if they had witnessed bullying whether it was online, at school or at home. Please find the courage to speak out. Provide support for a friend and encourage them to talk to somebody.
CYBERBULLYING– 28% of young people have been affected by cyber bullying. Always keep your profiles private and only accept friend requests from people you know and are friends of yours.
ABAT– The Anti-bullying action team are here to provide support in college whether it is from the daily drop in sessions in inclusion or when they are out and about on their support walks at lunchtime. They are noticeable around the college as they wear blue high visibility vest.
As a college we will:
- Take bullying seriously when it is reported
- Support the victims of bullying and help them to feel safe
- Support those involved in bullying to change their behaviour
- Work with parents/carers of any student who is involved in bullying to support and encourage the student/s in finding solutions
- Exclude pupils who bully and do not try to change their behaviour
As a student I will:
- Not turn a blind eye to victimisation or bullying
- Report all bullying to a member of staff
If I am being bullied:
- I will report it to a member of staff who will listen and support me
If I display bullying behaviour:
- I accept that my behaviour will have to change with immediate effect
- I will be listened to and helped as to why I am behaving in this way
- I will accept support and encouragement to change my behaviour
- I accept that if I continuously bully people I will be excluded from college
We will NOT tolerate Bullying
Bullying can take many forms. It is deliberate, hurtful, repeated behaviour which includes:
Verbal bullying e.g.
- Teasing, name calling, hurtful comments
- Racist remarks
- Homophobic remarks
Physical bullying e.g.
- Taking or damaging someone’s property
- Making someone do something they don’t want to
- Forcing someone to hand over money or possessions
- Aggression: hitting, kicking
- Making others feel uncomfortable, embarrassed or scared
- Playing unkind jokes aimed at humiliating or hurting someone
Indirect/Emotional bullying e.g.
- Spreading rumours
- ‘Isolating’ someone by deliberately leaving them out of things
Cyber bullying e.g.
- Using technology to hurt another via text messages, e mails or social network sites
- Bullying based on someone’s actual or perceived sexual orientation
Bullying based on someone’s colour, ethnicity, culture or national origin.
- Bullying based on someone’s gender.
Bullying based on someone’s appearance, ability or health
What is bullying?
What should you do?
Together we can beat bullying