At school we take bullying very seriously.
We all understand bullying to be:
If anyone is ever worried then they should tell an adult as soon as possible.
Mrs. Burns is the anti-bullying leader.
As a school, we are doing a huge amount of work on behaviour and adopting a positive mindset. This work supports our anti-bullying work by creating an environment where bullying is unacceptable and increasingly unlikely.
This work is integral to our identity as a Church of England School:
The Church of England document “Valuing all God’s Children”, 2019, states:
“Schools should ensure that they have clear anti-bullying policies on preventing and tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic behaviour and language and that these policies are known and understood by all members of the school community. School leaders should present a clear message that HBT bullying will not be tolerated and that there can be no justification for this negative behaviour based on the Christian faith or the Bible. Schools should ensure that pupils understand how to report incidents. Pupils should be confident that if they report bullying it will be taken seriously."
It also asserts:
“Central to Christian theology is the truth that every single one of us is made in the image of God. Every one of us is loved unconditionally by God. We must avoid, at all costs, diminishing the dignity of any individual to a stereotype or a problem. Church of England schools offer a community where everyone is a person known and loved by God, supported to know their intrinsic value” (page 1)
“Opportunities to discuss issues to do with self-esteem, identity and bullying, including HBT (homophobic, biphobic and transphobic) bullying, should be included in physical, social, health and economic education or citizenship programmes. The curriculum should offer opportunities for pupils to learn to value themselves and their bodies. Relationships and sex education should take LGBT people into account.” (Page 6)
You can view the main anti-bullying policy and a child-friendly version here.
We have close links with the NSPPC and Childline who visit school regularly to share their advice.
You can see what work they have undertaken in our news articles: https://www.westoncofe.derbyshire.sch.uk/news/detail/staying-safe-and-happy/