Preventing and tackling bullying

Have you seen the governments document Preventing and tackling bullying ? This document provides advice for headteachers, staff and governing bodies on preventing and responding to bullying as part of their overall behaviour policy.

The document includes responsibilities under English law, definitions of different types of bullying and what actions schools should take.

There is also a list of what successful schools do to prevent and respond to bullying which includes:

  • Involve parents to ensure that they are clear that the school does not tolerate bullying and are aware of the procedures to follow if they believe that their child is being bullied.
  • Involve pupils. All pupils understand the school’s approach and are clear about the part they can play to prevent bullying, including when they find themselves as bystanders
  • Implement disciplinary sanctions. The consequences of bullying reflect the seriousness of the incident so that others see that bullying is unacceptable
  • Provide effective staff training. Anti-bullying policies are most effective when all school staff understand the principles and purpose of the school’s policy, its legal responsibilities regarding bullying, how to resolve problems, and where to seek support.
  • Celebrate success. Celebrating success is an important way of creating a positive school ethos around the issue.