Strategies to deal with bullying

Strategies for Students

  • Tell someone immediately – even if you are not personally being bullied
  • Standup for yourself
  • Standup for someone else
  • Record incidents with dates and times

Pupils should speak to an adult if they are upset by how they have been treated or if they are concerned about one of their peers. If they receive emails, texts or messages that make them feel uncomfortable, pupils should save them and show them to an adult - these messages should not be responded to.

Strategies for parents

  • Reassure your child. It is not their fault and the matter will be dealt with sensitively. Your child has done the correct thing in ‘telling’
  • Contact your child’s Form Tutor or Year Team
  • Encouraging your child to talk about bullying
  • Resisting the natural urge to want to take instant action!
  • Working with the academy
  • Contacting the police

Do remember that your child’s account is only one side of the story and the academy has a commitment to investigate all reports fully before deciding on the best course of action.

Parents who are concerned that their child might be being bullied or who suspect that their child may be the perpetrator of bullying, should contact their child’s Head of Year immediately.

Parents have a responsibility to support the Academy’s anti-bullying policy and to actively encourage their child to be a positive member of the Academy through fostering in their children, acceptable standards of behaviour, good personal relationships and respect for others.

Strategies for Staff

  • Give the victim control (to encourage reporting)
  • Keep accurate records
  • Talk to the bully
  • No-blame approach
  • Deployment of Heroes
  • Empower the witnesses
  • Contact with parents
  • Supporting bullies
  • Sanctions on the bully
    • Recording and warning
    • Involving parents
    • Detention
    • Isolation
    • Fixed-term exclusion
    • Permanent exclusion