Hatfield Academy has a ‘duty of care’ towards its pupils with regard to bullying.
The policy takes full account of Hatfield Academy’s legal obligations under the Education Inspections Act of 2006 to ensure that all schools within the Trust have measures to encourage good behaviour and prevent all forms of bullying amongst pupils. These measures are part of Hatfield Academy’s behaviour policy, which must be communicated to all pupils, school staff and parents.
The Equality Duty (with reference the Equality Act 2010) requires that the Hatfield Academy has due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the act.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it.
Definition of Bullying
Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically, verbally or emotionally. Bullying can take many forms (for instance, cyber-bullying via text messages or the internet), and is often motivated by prejudice against particular groups, for example on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or because a child is adopted or has caring responsibilities. It might be motivated by actual differences between children, or perceived differences. Bullying can take place between pupils, between pupils and staff; or between staff; by individuals or groups; face to face, indirectly or using a range of cyber bullying methods. It can happen in isolation or quite often in the presence of others.
Verbal bullying: name-calling, taunting, mocking, making offensive comments and teasing.
Physical bullying: kicking, hitting, punching, pushing and pinching.
Emotional bullying: producing offensive graffiti, excluding people from groups, spreading hurtful and untrue rumours, being forced to do things against own will and taking belongings or money.
Cyber bullying: offensive text messaging and e-mailing and sending degrading images by phone or the internet.
Statement of Intent
Hatfield academy believes that:
- Bullying is undesirable and unacceptable.
- Seeking help and openness are regarded as signs of strength not weakness.
- All members of the Academy will be listened to and taken seriously.
- Bullying prevents pupils achieving to their full potential and affects standards of achievement and aspirations.
- Everyone has the right to work and learn in an atmosphere that is free from fear.
- All of us have a responsibility to ensure that we do not abuse or bully others.
- Young people should be encouraged to seek support in school if they are worried about bullying and have a right to expect that their concerns will be listened to and treated seriously.
- Young people should be involved in decision making about matters that concern them.
- We all have a duty to work together to protect vulnerable individuals from bullying and other forms of abuse..
- Those who exhibit bullying behaviours should be supported to understand their impact and so change their behaviours
Quotes from some of the children:
“If there was a bully I would definitely tell a teacher and they would deal with it” Morgan Y6
“Bullies are nasty. If I was being bullied I would tell a teacher and they would sort it” Jonathan Y5
“Bullies aren’t welcome in our school because they just try to make you feel sad and they are always negative” Leah Y6
Read our Bullying Policy here