It is a Government requirement that all schools have an anti-bullying policy. In 2003 Ofsted published Bullying: effective action in secondary schools. This was followed by DfES guidance for schools under two headings: Don’t Suffer in Silence and Bullying – A Charter for Action. This policy reflects this guidance.
DfES guidance defines bullying as actions that are meant to be hurtful, and which happen on a regular basis. Bullying can be direct (either physical or verbal) or indirect (for example, being ignored or not spoken to).
Definitions of Bullying
‘Behaviour by an individual or group, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally’ DfE March 2014
Aims and objectives
Bullying is wrong and damages individual children. We therefore do all we can to prevent it, by developing a school ethos in which bullying is regarded as unacceptable.
We aim, as a school, to produce a safe and secure environment where all can learn without anxiety, and measures are in place to reduce the likelihood of bullying.