Academies within the GLC believe that the way we feel about our relationships and ourselves has a major impact on our ability to learn. Students need to feel safe and secure at their Academy in order to learn and achieve. Research shows that the most common effects of bullying are anxiety and depression, poor self‐esteem and withdrawal. No one deserves to be a victim of bullying. Everybody has the right to be treated with respect. Pupils who are bullying need help to learn different ways of behaving.
Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group, either physically or emotionally.
Bullying can be:
- Emotional ‐ being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books, using threatening gestures)
- Physical ‐ pushing, kicking, punching or any use of violence.
- Racist ‐ racial taunts, graffiti, gestures.
- Sexual ‐ unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive comments.
- Homophobic ‐ because of, or focusing on the issue of sexuality.
- Verbal – name‐calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours and teasing.
- Cyber ‐ email and internet chat room misuse, mobile phone threats by text, calls, social websites.
These forms of bullying can take place at school, both in and outside of the classroom, as well as via social networks and the internet. At the GLC, we recognise that there is no “hierarchy” of bullying – all forms of bullying should be taken equally seriously and dealt with appropriately. We understand that bullying can take place between pupils, between pupils and staff, or between staff; by individuals or groups; face‐to‐face, indirectly or using a range of cyber bullying methods.
We aim to create an environment across the GLC where students can grow and flourish without fear. Each student has the right to be safe in and out of school and to be protected when s/he is feeling vulnerable. We aim:
- To ensure that children learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment, without fear of being bullied.
- To demonstrate that the GLC Academies take bullying seriously and that it will not be tolerated.
- To take measures to prevent all forms of bullying in the GLC Academies and during off‐site activities.
- To support everyone in actions to identify and protect those who might be bullied.
- To clarify for all students and staff that bullying is wholly and always unacceptable.
- To demonstrate to all that the safety and happiness of pupils is paramount.
- To promote an environment where children feel they can trust and tell adults if they are being bullied or know about any bullying.
- To promote positive attitudes in students (including conflict management training).
- To ensure that all staff are aware of their duty of care over those in their charge and the need to be alert to signs of bullying.
- To ensure that all staff are aware of procedures through regular training.
- To raise awareness of bullying and promote positive relationships based on mutual respect.
The purpose of the anti-bullying policy, which can be found on the GLC website is to:
Provide a framework to promote the emotional health and well being of the GLC by providing:
- A supportive culture and ethos.
- A curriculum which supports positive relationships.
- A safe, secure and stimulating environment.
- Strategies to support the victim and the bully.
- A consistent approach to dealing with incidents of bullying.
What to do if you feel you (or someone else) are being bullied:
- Find any adult in the school if/when it is happening who can deal with it straight away to stop the bullying incident.
- If this isn’t possible students are encouraged to report the incident to an adult as soon as possible.
- The student is always welcome at their college office and will be met by their college inclusion leader who is there to support students through this difficult time.
- The inclusion leader will ask students to write down what has happened as well as talk about it.
- The other students involved will be spoken to as soon as possible.
- When the student is happy, restorative practice will take place and an apology will be made.
- If anything continues, students must report it straight away to their college office.
- Parents will often be made aware that students have been spoken to about a bullying incident.
- The member of staff will also record the information on the students files for future reference if needed.
Useful links to help and assist:
Childline telephone number: 0800 1111
Anti Bullying Conference 2016
In July 2016, the Gateway Academy hosted the first GLC Anti Bullying Conference in the Ellis Theatre. Each GLC school have a representative that attends a task group meeting monthly and they each in turn bought their anti-bullying ambassadors, peer mentors and friendship ambassadors to attend a morning conference. The ages of the children attending were from Year 1 through to Year 11.
The conference went really well and we looked at and completed group work tasks on a number of different topics and issues that we felt were worthwhile to discuss, examples are as follows:
- What is Bullying? Why do we work to reduce and remove it from our schools?
- What have you done this year within your roles in your schools? Plan a presentation to show.
- How would you like to develop your roles within your schools?
- To come up with an action plan of where we go with our anti-bullying team during the next academic year.
The students presented to other students from other schools and key stages, which was a joy to watch and be a part of.
The purpose of the conference was to discuss, showcase and celebrate everything each school had done throughout the last academic year and plan where to take the task group next and how well we can work together now we’ve moved in to the new academic year.
Anti bullying week across the Gateway Learning Community…
All of the Gateway Learning Community schools take part in Anti Bullying Week (14-18 November), marking the event with a number of different activities.
Students take part in activities during College assemblies and PAD time every day with the Gateway Academy Peer Mentors acting as Anti Bullying Ambassadors visiting every GLC primary school to assist with their activities. This will culminate in a large balloon release on Friday 18 November at Lansdowne Primary Academy. Every balloon will have a special Anti Bullying message on them.