LBTS DEFINES BULLYING AS:
- “Any word or action intended or likely to hurt another person, whether physically, emotionally or mentally, and whether carried out individually or as a group”. The action may be on just one occasion, or may be persistent and organised. The action may be on or off the school premises and in school or holiday time.
- If another student is made to feel fearful or uncomfortable in school, firm action against the offender(s) will be taken.
- We believe that bullying is wrong, and that everybody within this school community shares a responsibility to deal with the matter seriously.
- Students are given a copy of BULLYWATCH, which explains the anti-bullying policy, and advises students what to do if they are being bullied.
WHAT PARENTS CAN DO IF YOU FEEL YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN BULLIED
- Calmly talk to your child about their experience; listen carefully.
- Make a note of what your child says; who was said to be involved; how often the bullying has occurred; where and what has happened.
- Reassure your child that s/he has done the right thing to tell you about the bullying.
- Explain to your child that if other incidents of bullying occur, s/he should report them to a teacher immediately.
- Arrange to see your child’s Pastoral Year Head.
- Explain to the Pastoral Year Head the problems your child is experiencing.
- The Pastoral Year Head will listen carefully and may ask your child some questions about what has happened.
TALKING TO TEACHERS ABOUT BULLYING
- Try to stay calm: bear in mind that the teacher or tutor may have no idea that your child is being bullied, or may have heard conflicting accounts of an incident.
- Be as specific as possible about what your child says has happened: give dates, places and names of other children involved.
- Make a note of what action the school intends to take.
- Ask if there is anything you can do to help your child or the school. Stay in touch with the school; let them know if things improve as well as if problems continue.
IF YOU ARE NOT SATISFIED
Families who feel that their concerns are not being addressed appropriately by the school might like to consider the following steps:
- Make an appointment to discuss the matter with the Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral), Elga Stuck.
- If this does not help, ask to meet the Headteacher, explaining your concerns and what you would like to see happening.
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