At Morehall Primary we believe that all pupils have the right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without the fear of bullying or harassment.
Morehall Primary is part of the Anti Bullying Alliance’s All Together Program and are working towards gaining our first award.
On this page, you can find information about bullying and how you can help us to prevent bullying in our school. There are also contact details for people in school who can help and advise you, and websites which offer other resources and materials related to anti-bullying.
What is bullying?
Bullying as the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face to face or online.
The four main types of bullying are identified as:
- Physical (hitting, kicking, hiding/damaging belongings)
- Verbal (name calling, racist remarks, homophobic, disability/SEN)
- Indirect/Emotional (spreading rumours, exclusion from social groups, threatening gestures)
- Cyber (sending nasty texts, e-mails, phone calls, comments on web sites)
When it is not bullying?
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 or say things because they are upset. When occasional problems of this kind arise it is not classed as bullying. It is an important part of children’s development to learn how to deal with friendship breakdowns, the odd name calling or childish prank. We all have to learn how to deal with these situations and develop social skills to repair relationships.
What do the school do to prevent bullying?
At Morehall Primary we take steps to prevent bullying, these include:
- Our school values (Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Resilience, Courage & Aspiration)
- Teaching our children through assemblies & PSHE lessons
- Anti-Bullying Ambassadors
- Home/School Agreement
- Reading / telling stories about bullying & including books in the Library with this theme
- Workshops & theatre group performances
- Respecting & celebrating all our differences
- Awareness through events such as Anti-Bullying Week
What are Anti-Bullying Ambassadors (ABAs)?
Although we encourage children to speak to an adult, either at home or at school, whenever they have a concern, we know that some children find this difficult and would prefer to speak to a peer. In school we have a team of trained Anti-Bullying Ambassadors who the children know and can talk to about their concerns. Our ABAs will then share any concerns raised with an adult in school.
Our ABAs also:
- Work with their peers and staff to stop bullying in our school/community
- Help to run days in school that raise awareness of bullying and promote kindness
- Help to celebrate the things that make the children in our school special and unique
What should I do if I think my child might be being bullied?
Speak to us. Even if it isn’t bullying, we want to know so that we can look into it, monitor what is happening and take appropriate action. You can speak to Mrs Buckle who is our anti-bullying lead or any senior leader in the school.
Where can I find more information?