At West Ewell Primary School we place high value on providing an environment characterised by excellent behaviour and underpinned by respectful relationships. We believe that high quality teaching and pupil learning develop within a school community where there is a positive and inclusive culture. Such a culture is evident by the behaviour of its entire staff using good interpersonal skills and a high involvement with its pupils.
If concerns are raised, our approach is to minimise the chance of bullying by creating a culture of respect for all, a genuine ethos of inclusion and a real understanding of others’ rights and of our own responsibilities. We have a very well-developed PSHE programme from a child’s very first years in school and encourage genuine discussion around relationship issues. We use Restorative Approaches to repair any damage done to relationships.
We subscribe to the view that bullying is:
‘Behaviour by an individual or group usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally’.
‘Advice for School Leaders, staff and Governing Bodies on Preventing & Tackling Bullying’ DfE (July 2011)
We recognise that bullying can come in different forms: physical, verbal, relational (being left out, ignored or spreading rumours) or cyber (online, messaging for eg). It can occur due to perceived differences and can take place in the presence of others (bystanders).
We have a zero tolerance on bullying and have a range of sanctions at our disposal should it occur. We will always formally record any instances of bullying behaviour and would involve parents at the earliest opportunity.
Please see our Behaviour Policy and Anti-bullying policy for full details.
These websites give specific advice regarding anti-bullying: