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Anti Bullying Policy 2012

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Anti Bullying Policy

This anti-bullying policy operates in conjunction with the Code of Behaviour, which is used to address isolated instances of anti-social behaviour
The school has a central role in the children’s’ social moral development just as it does in their academic development. In school, we work towards standards of behaviourbased on the basic principles of honesty, respect, consideration and responsibility. The individuality of each child needs to be accommodated while at the same time acknowledging the right of every child to education in a disruption free environment.
Bullying is defined as repeated aggression, whether verbal, psychological or physical, conducted by an individual or group against others. Examples of bullying include physical aggression, damage to property, intimidation, isolation, name-calling, taunting or ‘slagging’. Child to child bullying, teacher to child, intra staff bullying, parent to staff and parent to child bullying (including a child other than their own) are examples of the areas where bullying may occur.
Isolated instances of aggressive behaviour, which would be dealt with under the Code of Behaviour, would not be described as bullying. However when the behaviouris systematic and ongoing, it is bullying.
The school acknowledges that there are three parties involved in bullying – those who bully, those who are bullied and those who witness the bullying. Staff and teachers bear this in mind when dealing with bullying incidences and try to support and work with all parties involved.
Aims of the Policy

To foster a school ethos of mutual and self-respect
To raise awareness of bullying as a form of unacceptable behaviouroutline, promote and raise awareness of preventative approaches that can be used in response to reported incidences of bullyingdevelop a programmeof support for those affected by bullying behaviourand for those involved in bullying behaviouroutline procedures for noting and reporting instances of bullying behaviour
To outline procedures for investigating and dealing with incidents of bullying behaviour

Combating Bullying and the Action towards Prevention:

Role of Staff

The principal and staff exercise constant vigilance in the matter of misbehaviour. Our aim is to prevent misbehaviour rather than control. Positive behaviour is always recognised, affirmed and sought.complaints of bullying are dealt with quickly, firmly and fairly.principal is informed of any instance of bullying.of bullying as a form of unacceptable behaviour is addressed in the classroom, at school assemblies, through the school policy on pastoral care and other informal occasions when the opportunity arises. are taught skills and encouraged to report any incident of bullying.will record concerns in their own book.all incidentsserious incidents as in plan.

Maintaining awareness of Bullying as unacceptable behaviour
Awareness of bullying as a form of unacceptable behaviour is addressed in the classroom, at school assemblies, through the school policy on pastoral care and other informal occasions when the opportunity arises. week in February will be nominated as “Friendship” and Bullying Stay Safe Week, where the positive element of friendship is emphasised and the issue of bullying is addressed.Safe SPHE walk.


Insofar as is reasonably practicable school activities will be supervised and monitored at all times, with
particular emphasis on those occasions when situations of bullying are more likely to occur, such as assembly time, play time and dismissal time.

Children will be encouraged to disclose and discuss incidents of bullying behaviour. They will be helped to differentiate between incidents of a minor nature and those that constitute bullying. They will also be taught the difference between ‘telling tales’ and asking for help.

Advice for Pupils

Tell yourself that you do not deserve to be bullied, and that it is WRONG.
Be proud of who you are. It is good to be individual.
Try not to show that you are upset. It is hard but a bully thrives on someone’s fear.
Stay with a group of friends/people. There is safety in numbers.
Be assertive – shout NO. Walk away confidently. Go straight to a teacher or member of staff.
Fighting back makes things worse– So don’t fight back. REPORT to a teacher or parent(s)/guardians instead. If you need support find a friend and both of you speak to the teacher.
Generally it is best to tell an adult you trust straight away. You will get immediate support.
The teachers will take you seriously and will deal with bullies in a way which will end the bullying and will not make things worse for you.

TAKE ACTION – Watching and doing nothing looks as if you are on the side of the bully. It makes the victim feel more unhappy and on their own.

If you feel you cannot get involved, tell an adult IMMEDIATELY. Teachers have ways of dealing with the bully without getting you into trouble.
Do not be, or pretend to be, friends with a bully.

Advice for Parents

Look for unusual behaviour in your children. For example, they may suddenly not wish to attend school, feel ill regularly, or not complete work to their normal standard, ask for money or begin stealing money.
Always take an active role in your child’s education by enquiring how they are getting on.
If you feel your child may be a victim of bullying behaviour, inform the school IMMEDIATELY. Your complaint will be taken seriously and appropriate action will follow.
It is important to advise your child not to fight back. It can make matters worse. Log onto www.bullies2buddies.com for strategies.
Tell your child there is nothing wrong with him/her. It is not her fault that they are being bullied.
Make sure your child is fully aware of the School Policy concerning Bullying, and that they will not be afraid to ask for help;

Procedures for Noting and Reporting an incident of Bullying Behaviour
All procedures of bullying, no matter how trivial, will be noted, investigated and dealt with by teachers. In that way pupils will gain confidence in reporting. This confidence factor is of vital importance. It will also be noted by the class teacher in the pastoral care book which is circulated weekly. In this way every teacher will be made aware of the case.
Serious cases of bullying behaviour by pupils will be referred immediately to the Principal/Deputy Principal.
Parent(s) guardians of victims and bullies will be informed by the Principal/Deputy Principal earlier rather than later of incidents so that they are given the opportunity of discussing the matter. They are then in a position to help and support their children before a crisis occurs.
Non-teaching staff are encouraged to report any incidents of bullying behaviour witnessed by them, to the teaching staff.
In the case of a complaint regarding a staff member, this should normally in the first incidence be raised with the staff member in question and if necessary, with the Principal.
Where cases, relating to either a pupil or a teacher remain unresolved at school level, the matter should be referred to the School’s Board of Management (see Complaints Procedure).

Procedure for Investigating and Dealing with Bullying:
Teachers will take a calm, unemotional problem-solving approach when dealing with incidents of bullying behaviour reported by pupils, staff or parent(s)/guardians. Such incidents will be investigated outside the classroom situation to avoid the public humiliation of the victim or the pupil engaged in bullying behaviour. In any incident of bullying, the teacher will speak separately to the pupils involved, in an attempt to get both sides of the story. All interviews will be conducted with sensitivity and with due regard to the rights of all pupils concerned. Pupils who are not directly involved can also provide useful information in this way:
When analysing incidents of bullying behaviour, the teacher will seek answers to questions of what, where, when, who and why in a calm manner, setting an example in dealing effectively with a conflict in a non-aggressive manner.a group is involved, each member will be interviewed individually and then the individuals are met as a group. Each member will be asked for his/her account of what happened to ensure that everyone is clear about what everyone also has said.it is concluded that a pupil has been engaged in bullying behaviour, it will be made clear to him/her how he/she is in breach of the Code of Behaviour and Discipline and try to get him/her to see the situation from the victim’s point of view. cases where it has been determined that bullying behaviour has occurred, a meeting or discussion will take place with the parents or guardians of the two parties involved as appropriate to:
explain the actions being taken and the reasons for them, referring them to the school policyways in which they can reinforce or support the actions taken by the school.
Circle time will be used where appropriate.Stories will be used in appropriate situations.


The use of sanctions is an important element in the school code. They are used in a corrective way and are intended to help the child to change and improve his or her behavioural patterns.
The nature of the misbehaviour and the age of the child will determine the strategy to be employed

Disciplinary Actions and Sanctions to deal with Bullying:
Bullying is a serious misdemeanour and the sanctions applied are the same as those listed below for serious misdemeanours.
Apology to the victimrecord is kept. Pupil/s write an account of the incident/s that lead to the bullying behaviour and what they have learned from this episode in their lives – parents must sign this.may be removed from activity if endangering self or others.

Pupil is sent to Principal/Deputy Principal and made aware that suspension could be a possibility
In cases where it has been determined that bullying behaviour has occurred the Principal/Deputy Principal informs parents.procedures may follow if deemed necessary by the school authorities.

Criteria: (by which the policy will be judged)
Atmosphere of discipline within the schoolare aware of school rulesapply school rulesin self disciplinebetween parents, teachers and pupils in maintaining the code.or compliments on behaviour.working to the best of their abilityworking to the best of their abilityin behaviour

Monitoring and Review:
Each staff member is responsible for the implementation of the Anti-Bullying Policy. Within the classroom the teacher monitors his/her class. Teachers consider themselves responsible for the behaviour of children within sight or sound of them and respond to any instance of unacceptable behaviour. The principal is responsible for monitoring and reviewing policy at staff level on a regular basis and reports any review the staff deem necessary to the Board of Management.

Bullying by Adults
In the case of intra-staff bullying, Scoil Phádraig Naofa National School will adopt the procedures outlined in Section C (c2) of the INTO booklet: ‘Working Together: Procedures and Policies for Positive Staff Relations’. A copy of this document is available for free download on the INTO website.
In the case of
Teacher – Child bullying, a complaint should in the first instance be raised with the teacher in question by the parent/guardian of the child if possible and then if necessary referred to the Principal. Where it has not been possible to agree a framework for resolution, the matter should be referred in writing by both parties to the Board of Management for investigation.
In the case of
Parent – Teacher bullying, the Principal should be informed in the first instance, and if deemed necessary the Board of Management should subsequently be informed in writing.
In the case of
Parent/Visitor to the school – Child bullying, the complaint should be referred in the first instance to the child’s class teacher and subsequently to the Principal if unresolved.
In the case of
Principal – Parent/ Child bullying, the matter should be raised with the Principal if possible, or referred to the Chairperson of the Board of Management.

The Board of Management (BOM) has ultimate responsibility for discipline in the school under its management and a duty to ensure that a fair code of discipline applies therein.

This policy was discussed and amended by staff at Croke Park hours on 22/01/2012.

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