Bullying affects lots of young people and happens in many schools but it's the way it's dealt with which makes the difference between life being tolerable or a misery for many. At The Bramble Academy we take bullying very seriously. Pupils and parents should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported to a member of staff and we will investigate the matter further.

A definition of bullying

There is no legal definition of bullying. But it is usually defined as repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically, and is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability. Not all unpleasantness between pupils is bulling, some can be regarded as random acts of unkindness such as refusing to talk to a person.

Bullying can take many forms including:

  • physical assault
  • teasing
  • making threats
  • name calling
  • cyber bullying


What is cyber bullying?

Cyber bullying is bullying through a mobile phone or online (eg by email, instant messenger or on social network sites). Cyber bullying is just as serious. Read more about cyber bullying.

Visit Bullying on Social Networks

How to deal with bullying at school

If you are being bullied at school, tell a friend, tell a teacher and tell your parents. It won't stop unless you do. It can be hard to do this so if you don't feel you can do it in person it might be easier to write a note to your parents explaining how you feel, or perhaps confide in someone outside the immediate family, like a grandparent, aunt, uncle or cousin and ask them to help you tell your parents what's going on.
Your form tutor needs to know what is going on so try to find a time to tell him or her when it won't be noticeable. You could stay behind on the pretext of needing help with some work. If you don't feel you can do that, then speak to the school nurse. Don't be tempted to respond to any bullying or hit back because you could get hurt or get into trouble.
Bullying includes:
  • people calling you names
  • making things up to get you into trouble
  • hitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving
  • taking things away from you
  • damaging your belongings
  • stealing your money
  • taking your friends away from you
  • posting insulting messages or rumours, in person on the internet or by IM (cyberbullying)
  • threats and intimidation
  • making silent or abusive phone calls
  • sending you offensive phone texts
  • bullies can also frighten you so that you don't want to go to school, so that you pretend to be ill to avoid them


Bullying and body language

Body language tells us a lot about other people. Think about the last time you walked into school. How did you feel? Confident and powerful? Or timid and worried? If you're trying not to be noticed and looking at the ground a lot while darting into school it can make you more noticeable. You look defensive and vulnerable. If you step out boldly you send out a quite different message of confidence. You may not be very confident but you'll certainly look it.

Hitting someone is an assault

Try to stay in safe areas of the school at break and lunchtime where there are plenty of other people. If you are hurt at school, tell a teacher immediately and ask for it to be written down. Make sure you tell your parents.

Bullying is upsetting

Bullying is very upsetting and if you feel you can't cope, tell your parents and go to see your doctor. Many doctors are very sympathetic about the effects of bullying and yours may be able to write a note for the school explaining the effect that bullying is having on your health.
People bully others about perceived differences, including appearance, religion, behaviour, disabilities or illness, family, even how well you are doing at school or how popular you are. It is always best to try and dismiss bullying remarks. If a bully sees that they can upset you then they will keep trying. Many people are the victim of bullying and it is important to remember that no one should be bullied.

Ways of reporting bullying:

Pupils
If pupils witness bullying or feel they are being bullied they can tell any member of staff who must pass the information on to the victim's and alleged bully's class teachers.
Pupils may also write down any worries they have about bullying or other issues and pass it on to Miss De’Ath, our Educational Welfare Officer. For us to be able to help with these issues then we need to know full details such as names.

Staff
If a member of staff witnesses bullying they must record this onto an incident report form and give copies to the class teachers of the children involved.
What should parents/ members of the public do?
Parents can report Bullying by:
  • Speaking to their child's class teacher
  • Phoning the school: 01623 635928
  • Speak to Miss De’Ath, our Educational Welfare Officer


Helpful Links and Resources – Anti Bullying and Safeguarding
The Bramble Academy Anti-Bullying Policy
ChildLine
NSPCC
Stand up to Bullying
Advice for Young People
Advice for Parents
The Diana Award
Bullying UK
Anti-Bullying Alliance
Childnet International
Kidscape
Schools Out
Stance
Stonewall