At Ellingham, we are committed to providing a warm, caring and safe environment for all our children so that they can develop into successful and confident learners as well as responsible citizens. We know that it is very difficult for this to happen if a child feels that he or she is being bullied, although we are fortunate at Ellingham that this rarely happens. We have, however, found that many children are unsure about what bullying actually is. To help them, and to explore how we can ensure that any bullying is dealt with promptly, we asked the school council to complete a project with the classes that they represent.
With the input of children throughout the school, the School Council met and agreed a definition of Bullying as being behaviour that is deliberate, repeated and intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally.
To ensure incidences are dealt with promptly, our School Council also developed a list of responsibilities that each of us have. These responsibilities, shown below, involve children, parents, teachers and the school leadership team to work together to ensure Ellingham is a bullying-free school. In particular, children were keen that all groups reportedly any hurtful behaviour and especially when it is repeated to the school as soon as possible.
The definition of bullying and the responsibilities of all members of the school community is shared and discussed with children during assemblies and this is then followed up through circle time activities in class.
Bullying of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our school and we take all incidents of bullying seriously.