Anti-Bullying Policy

We believe that all students have a right to learn free from intimidation and fear.

Statement of intent

We work to ensure that our policy reflects Government legislation as represented in the Every Child Matters agenda, The Education Act 2002, The Education and Inspection Act 2006, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equalities Act 2010.

As part of the Learning School Trust we also follow the Trusts’ Student Engagement and Student Welfare policy on bullying.

What is bullying

Bullying is an act of aggression, causing embarrassment, pain or discomfort to someone. It can take a number of forms; physical, verbal, making gestures, extortion and exclusion. It is an abuse of power. It can be planned and organised, or it may unintentional. It may be perpetrated by individuals or by groups of students.

It is a persistent and deliberate attempt to hurt or humiliate someone.  One-off incidents, whilst very serious and always dealt with, do not fall within the definition of bullying.

EWS Academy recognises that there are many types of bullying and that new forms may emerge over time. Bullying may include:

  • Verbal abuse, such as name calling and gossiping
  • Non-verbal abuse, such as hand signs or text messages
  • Emotional abuse such as threatening, intimidating or humiliating someone
  • Exclusion, such as ignoring or isolating someone
  • Undermining, by constant criticism or spreading rumours
  • Controlling or manipulating someone
  • Racial, sexual or homophobic bullying
  • Physical assaults, such as hitting and pushing
  • Online or cyberbullying
  • Bullying of students with Special Educational Needs
  • Bullying of students with a disability or who are carers

The Academy will work with parents/carers, academy council members, students and staff to ensure there is a shared understanding of the nature of bullying and its different forms.

Cyber bullying

By cyber-bullying, we mean bullying by electronic media such as:

  • Bullying by texts or messages or calls on mobile phones
  • The use of mobile phone cameras and video to cause distress, fear or humiliation
  • Posting threatening, abusive, defamatory or humiliating material on websites, to include blogs, personal websites, social networking sites etc
  • Using e-mail to message others
  • Hijacking/cloning e-mail accounts
  • Making threatening, abusive, defamatory or humiliating remarks in chat rooms, to include Facebook, Bebo, Youtube and other social media sites as they emerge

Investigation and sanctions

  • Cyber bullying has a serious and invasive nature due to its ability to extend into the students private life
  • If there is evidence that a student has been engaged in cyber bullying then appropriate sanctions will be applied, this may also include referral to the police or other bodies concerned with child protection in the case of illegal or child protection issues
  • The parents of students involved in cyber bullying will be also be engaged in this process.

Prevention of bullying

At EWS opportunities are taken to inform staff and students of the nature of bullying and its negative consequences:

  • Students are reminded that all forms of bullying are unacceptable and will not be tolerated in the academy.
  • Assemblies and PSHE sessions regularly focus on issues linked to bullying, e- safety, human rights awareness, tolerance and individual responsibilities to report bullying.
  • School staff proactively gather intelligence about issues between students which might provoke conflict
  • We aim to develop an ethos in which students treat one another and the school staff with respect, recognising that within society there is diversity and difference such as religion, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality.

Staff will also receive training on the nature of bullying and its impact and how they should act in the case of reports of bullying from students in their care.

Intervention in the case of reported bullying

At EWS academy, students are encouraged ‘to tell’ if they feel they are being bullied or they see/hear another student being bullied.

  • Any allegation of bullying will be investigated to clarify the facts
  • A range of approaches will be used to support the victim and help them build resilience and their problem solving skills
  • A range of sanctions will be used to challenge the bullying
  • All incidents of bullying will be recorded, including the actions taken to resolve the issue.
  • Racist bullying incidents will be reported to the local authority as is the legal requirement
  • We will work with external agencies where bullying is particularly serious or persistent as appropriate

Approved by Academy Council, December 2014