At MissionTech we aim to provide your child with the most inspiring and empowering educational experience. Bullying behaviour is not only socially unacceptable but it also thoroughly destructive to a collaborative learning environment.
We aim to role model the best behaviours in our teaching style and foster a just environment for all. We will not tolerate bullying in any form and we will work to prevent bullying as well as immediately deal firmly with any instances of it arising.
We reserve the right to exclude any child we deem to have engaged in bullying behaviour thereby threatening the well being and learning experience of another. Our decision will be final and no refunds will be allowed in such cases.
Our definition of bullying
Bullying involves dominance of one person by another, or a group of others, is pre-meditated and usually forms a pattern of behaviour.
Bullying is therefore:
- Deliberately hurtful
- Repeated, often over a period of time
- Difficult for victims to defend themselves against.
- It can take many forms but the main types are:
- Physical – hitting, kicking, taking another’s belongings
- Verbal – name calling, insulting, making offensive remarks
- Indirect – spreading nasty stories about someone, exclusion from social groups, being made the subject of malicious rumours, sending malicious e-mails or text messages on mobile phones/social networking sites.
- Some forms of bullying are attacks not only on the individual, but also on the group to which he or she may belong. Within school we will pay particular attention to:
- Racial harassment and racist bullying
- Sexual bullying
- The use of homophobic language
- Bullying of pupils who have special educational needs or disabilities.
Reporting of incidents
Pupils who have been bullied or their parents should report the incident to James Farrar Our Child Protection Officer on 07530 319206 or to any course instructor. The bullied child is also encouraged to speak to a friend and to their parents. Any parent or child who witnesses any incident of bullying should report the incident to the instructor or our Child Protection Officer.
Reports of bullying will be logged by MissionTech staff. All reports will be taken seriously and will be followed up by Child Protection Officer.
We will administer strict sign in /out policy at the start and end of each day and carry out a roll call at the start of every session during the day.
Work with children who have been bullied could involve some or all of the following:
- We will provide support to pupils who are bullied:
- They will be reassured that they do not deserve to be bullied and this is not their fault.
- We will assure them that it was right to report the incident.
- We will encourage them to talk about how they feel.
- We will try to ascertain the extent of the problem.
- We will engage them in making choices about how the matter may be resolved.
- We will try to ensure that they feel safe.
- We will discuss strategies for being safe and staying safe.
- We will ask them to report immediately any further incidents to us.
- We will affirm that bullying can be stopped and that our school will persist with intervention until it does.
- We will involve their friends / older pupils in peer support / the buddy system/ mediation
- We may then adopt strategies from the following list as appropriate:
- We will interview the pupil (or pupils) involved in bullying separately.
- We will listen to their version of events.
- We will talk to anyone else who may have witnessed the bullying.
- We will reinforce the message that bullying is not acceptable, and that we expect bullying to stop.
- We will seek a commitment to this end.
- We will affirm that it is right for pupils to let us know when they are being bullied.
- We will adopt a joint problem solving approach where this is appropriate, and ask the pupils involved to help us find solutions to the problem. This will encourage pupils involved to take responsibility for the emotional and social needs of others.
- We will consider sanctions including exclusion
- We will advise pupils responsible for bullying that we will be checking to ensure that bullying stops.
- We will ensure that those involved know that we have done so.
- When bullying occurs, we will contact the parents of the pupils involved at an early stage.
- We will keep records of incidents that we become aware of and how we responded to them.
- We will follow up after incidents to check that the bullying has not started again.
- We will also work with pupils who have been involved in bullying others to ascertain the sort of support that they themselves need.
- Our policy will be to use our discretion to respond flexibly and in an appropriate way to each incident
Pupils are expected to:
- Report all incidents of bullying and suspected incidents that victims may be afraid to report.
- Support each other and to seek help to ensure that everyone feels safe and nobody feels excluded
Parents can help by:
- Supporting our anti-bullying policy and procedures.
- Encouraging their children to be positive members of our learning community.
- Discussing with their child’s instructor any concerns that their child may be experiencing bullying or if they are unhappy in some other way.