BEHAVIOUR & ANTI-BULLYING POLICY
Welcome to our BEHAVIOUR & ANTI-BULLYING page.
Our BEHAVIOUR POLICY intends to develop positive behaviours so that everyone sees themselves as part of a happy learning community.
At Thurlton Primary School we have very high expectations concerning behaviour and hope to develop pupil’s understanding of the impact/consequences of choices they make, whether positive or negative on themselves and others.
Good behaviour is not automatically learned. Positive behaviours need be modelled, explained, taught, supported and recognised. Assemblies and PSHE sessions support teaching of positive behaviour.
Every day is begun positively with teaching staff greeting pupils and Parents/Carers on the playground with a Good Morning and a welcoming smile with the expectation that good behaviour will be displayed by all pupils.
Our Behaviour Policy focuses on positive behaviour rather than what pupils should not do. The expectations are agreed actions so that there is consistency and fairness in all areas of school life. We have School Codes and Class Codes which focus on positive behaviour, with all Codes written with the positive behaviour rather the negative:
We walk through the school building rather than We do not run in school.
However, as an inclusive school we recognise that all pupils are individuals with specific needs. Therefore, within this consistent approach is an element of flexibility to address the needs of specific pupils.
EVERYONE is responsible for behaviour of ALL pupils and adults should reinforce the rules whenever appropriate.
At Thurlton Primary we are committed to a providing an environment of inclusion, equality and justice. We provide a warm, caring and safe place for all our pupils so that they can learn and play in a relaxed and secure environment.
We believe that bullying of any kind is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our school. We take all incidents of bullying seriously. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. We believe that where bullying is challenged effectively pupils will feel safe and happy and we will demonstrate a school that cares.
Everybody has the right to be treated with respect and pupils who are bullying others need to learn different ways of behaving.
We acknowledge that bullying can and does happen from time to time and that bullying can happen to adults in the workplace. When bullying does occur, everyone should feel able to tell and know that incidents will be dealt with promptly and effectively in accordance with our school ANTI-BULLYING POLICY.
EVERYONE in our school community has the right to be protected from physical, emotional and mental violence; Pupils have the right to learn, live, travel and play in a safe environment where they can thrive and achieve their full potential.
WHAT IS BULLYING?
We define bullying as follows:
Bullying is when an individual or group deliberately hurts another or makes them feel unhappy. Bullying behaviour will be repeated over a period of time and is difficult for the victim to defend against. Bullying may be racist, sexist, or homophobic.
People can be bullied for any reason; because of the way they look, because of their religion, their age, because of a learning or physical disability.
Bullying inhibits full participation in education and learning, cultural, social and leisure activities. Whatever the reason, bullying is never acceptable and will not be tolerated in Thurlton Primary School.
Bullying can take many forms but three main types are:
- Physical– hitting, kicking, spitting, demanding money or belongings.
- Verbal– name calling, insults making racist, sexist, homophobic or offensive remarks.
- Indirect– excluding or blanking, spreading gossip, damaging property, offensive or abusive emails, text messages or posts on websites – known as ‘cyber bullying’. We believe that bullying someone by email or text messages is still hurtful and will be dealt with in the same manner.
WHAT BULLYING IS NOT:
It is important to understand that bullying is not the odd occasion of falling out with friends, name calling, arguments or when the occasional trick or joke is played on someone. It is bullying if it is done several times on purpose.
Children sometimes fall out and say things because they are upset. When occasional problems of this kind arise, although unkind, it is not classed as bullying. It is an important part of pupil’s development to learn how to deal with friendship breakdowns or a childish prank.
We all have to learn how to deal with these situations and develop skills to repair relationships.
For further information: Download our BEHAVIOUR POLICY & ANTI-BULLING POLICY