Anti-Bullying Policy

Anti-Bullying Policy

We have a duty of care to protect pupils from bullying as part of our responsibility to provide a safe, secure, caring and friendly school environment for all the children in order to protect them from those who wish to deliberately hurt them either physically or emotionally. We believe all our safeguarding procedures are in line with Sections 3(5) and 87(1) of the Children Act 1989 and Section 157 of the Education Act 2002 and that we promote the welfare of all children in our care.

We believe bullying takes many forms such as physical, verbal, social exclusion and the misuse of mobile phones and Internet social networking websites. It is our duty to look out for all signs of bullying and to take the appropriate action to stop it. We will deal with all incidents of alleged bullying.

At St Bede’s Primary School we recognise the differing personalities that make up our school community and are determined to ensure that we meet the educational, personal, social and spiritual needs of all our children.

Under no circumstances will we tolerate any form of bullying and all incidents of bullying will be dealt with promptly and effectively.

Aims & Objectives

  • To develop a school environment that is both safe and secure for all pupils.
  • To have in place established systems that will deal with incidents of bullying.
  • To develop confident children who will notify staff of any incident of bullying.
  • To inform everyone connected with the school of the school’s anti-bullying policy.
  • To work with other schools to share good practice in order to improve this policy.

Responsibility for the Policy and Procedure

Role of the Governing Body


The Governing Body will not condone any bullying and has:

  • Empowered all staff to be responsible for promoting positive pupil behaviour;
  • delegated powers and responsibilities to the Headteacher to eliminate all forms of  bullying and to keep records of all incidents of bullying;
  •  delegated powers and responsibilities to the Headteacher to ensure all school personnel  and visitors to the school are aware of and comply with this policy;
  •  responsibility for ensuring that the school complies with all equalities legislation;
  • responsibility for ensuring this policy and all policies are maintained and updated regularly;
  • responsibility for ensuring all policies are made available to parents;
  • nominated a link governor to visit the school regularly, to liaise with the Headteacher and the coordinator and to report back to the Governing Body;
  • responsibility for the effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of this policy

Role of the Headteacher

The Headteacher will:

  • implement this policy;
  • ensure that all school personnel are aware of the policy;
  • work to create a safe, secure, caring and friendly school environment for all the children;
  • investigate all reported incidents of bullying;
  • ensure that all pupils understand that bullying is wrong through PSHE and school assemblies;
  • ensure that all parents aware of this policy and that we do not tolerate bullying;
  • work with parents in dealing with bullying;
  • inform parents of any incident of bullying and how it has been dealt with;
  • keep records of all incidents of bullying;
  • monitor the number of recorded incidents in an academic year;
  • monitor the types of bullying that occur in an academic year;
  • monitor how swiftly incidents of bullying are dealt with;
  • Are pupils aware of this policy?
  • How can bullying be effectively dealt with?
  • How good are school personnel in dealing with incidents of bullying?
  • How good are school personnel in identifying the symptoms of bullying amongst pupils?
  •  support any pupil who has been bullied;
  •  encourage any bully to change their behaviour;
  •  impose sanctions on any pupil  who continues to bully;
  •  consider permanent exclusion in the most serious incidents of bullying;
  •  work closely with the link governor and coordinator;
  •  provide leadership and vision in respect of equality;
  •  provide guidance, support and training to all staff;
  •  monitor the effectiveness of this policy;
  •  annually report to the Governing Body on the success and development of this policy

Role of the Coordinator

The coordinator will:

  •  lead the development of this policy throughout the school;
  •  work closely with the Headteacher and the nominated governor;

Role of the Nominated Governor

The Nominated Governor will:

  • work closely with the Headteacher and the coordinator;
  • ensure this policy and other linked policies are up to date;
  • ensure that everyone connected with the school is aware of this policy;
  • report to the Governing Body every term;
  • annually report to the Governing Body on the success and development of this policy






Role of School Personnel

School personnel will:

  • comply with this policy;
  • be aware of the signs of bullying in order to prevent bullying taking place;
  • investigate all reported incidents of bullying;
  • take all forms of bullying seriously;
  • encourage pupils to report any incidents of bullying to any member of the school personnel;
  • support any pupil who has been bullied;
  • report all incidents of bullying;
  • raise awareness of the wrongs of bullying through PSHE;
  • use preventative strategies such as circle time and buddy systems;
  • undertake the appropriate training;
  • implement the school’s equalities policy and schemes;
  •  report and deal with all incidents of discrimination;
  •  attend appropriate training sessions on equality;
  • report any concerns they have on any aspect of the school community

Role of Pupils

Pupils must:

  • be aware of and comply with this policy;
  • report if they are being bullied;
  • report if they see someone being bullied;
  • discuss ways of preventing bullying through the school council
  • listen carefully to all instructions given by the teacher;
  • ask for further help if they do not understand;
  • treat others, their work and equipment with respect;
  • talk to others without shouting and will use language which is neither abusive nor offensive;
  • liaise with the school council;
  • take part in questionnaires and surveys

Role of Parents

Parents must:

  • be aware of and support this policy;
  • report to the school any concerns they have of their child being bullied;
  • be assured that the school will deal with all incidents of bullying;
  • be assured that they will be informed of incidents and will be involved in discussions;
  • be asked to take part periodic surveys conducted by the school;

Training for School Personnel

School personnel will undertake training in:

  • What is bullying?
  • Types of bullying such as cyberbullying, bullying, bullying of children with special educational needs, homophobic bullying and bullying around race, religion and culture;
  • Recognising bullying;
  • Anti-bullying strategies;
  • How to deal with a bullying incident;
  • Counselling the bullied and the bullies;
  • Working and co-operating with parents and carers

We ensure all school personnel have equal chances of training, career development and promotion.

Periodic training will be organised for all school personnel so that they are kept up to date with new information and guide lines concerning equal opportunities.


  • All reported incidents are investigated and dealt with.
  • Parents are informed of all events and what actions have been taken.
  • Records will be kept of all incidents and their outcomes.


  • Counselling and support mechanisms are in place to help those who have been bullied.
  • All perpetrators of bullying are given time to discuss why they have bullied and why their actions were wrong.

Raising Awareness of this Policy


We will raise awareness of this policy via:


  • the School Handbook/Prospectus
  • the school website
  • the Staff Handbook
  • meetings with parents such as introductory, transition, parent-teacher consultations and periodic curriculum workshops
  • school events
  • meetings with school personnel
  • communications with home such as weekly newsletters and  end of half term newsletters
  • reports such annual report to parents and Headteacher reports to the Governing Body
  • information displays in the main school entrance

Equality Impact Assessment


Under the Equality Act 2010 we have a duty not to discriminate against people on the basis of their age, disability, gender, gender identity, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.

This policy is in line with the Equality Act 2010 as it is fair, it does not prioritise or disadvantage any pupil and it helps to promote equality at this school.

Monitoring the Effectiveness of the Policy


The practical application of this policy will be reviewed annually or when the need arises by the coordinator, the Headteacher and the nominated governor.






Linked Policies


  • Pupil Behaviour & Discipline
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection
  •   Anti-Cyber Bullying
  • Internet Social Networking Websites
  •   Acceptable Internet Use Agreement

Ratified by:

Headteacher:   Date:  
Chair of Governing Body:   Date: