The current Ofsted Common Inspection Framework continues to place an emphasis on the safety and well-being of pupils. The effectiveness of schools leadership and management will be judged on whether they “actively promote equality and diversity” and “tackle bullying and discrimination”.
The Department for Education define bullying as:
‘behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally’.
St. Patrick’s consider bullying to be:
‘Unacceptable behaviour which results in someone being hurt on the inside or the outside, on purpose and more than once’.
We believe that all of our pupils have the right to learn in an emotionally secure and safe environment that prevents any form of bullying or violence. Through our Christian Values, our school community embraces individuality and celebrates those qualities that make us all unique. We do not tolerate bullying and we have a clear policy on how to prevent, identify and respond to bullying behaviour.
If you believe a child is the victim of bullying it is essential that you inform their class teacher immediately. The class teacher will complete a Bullying Report Form and will fully investigate the situation in line with our anti-bullying policy which can be found by clicking here.
Additional information can be accessed below. We aim to provide our children, families, carers and professionals with advice and practical tools to prevent bullying and protect young lives. You will also find links to websites which offer a range of guidance and resources about issues related to bullying.
What’s been happening at St. Patrick’s?
National Hate Crime Awareness Week
Our local community police officers visited school for a whole day to raise the awareness of our school community about all forms of hate crime and discrimination. They worked with our KS2 classes supporting them in planning an assembly for the rest of the school, which they led at the end of the day.
This year the focus is “All Different All Equal”.
The aims are to:
- empower children and young people to celebrate what makes them, and others, unique
- help children and young people understand how important it is that every child feels valued and included in school, able to be themselves, without fear of bullying
- encourage parents and carers to work with their school and talk to their children about bullying, difference and equality
- enable teachers and other children’s workforce professionals to celebrate what makes us ‘all different, all equal’ and celebrate difference and equality. Encouraging them to take individual and collective action to prevent bullying, creating safe environments where children can be themselves.
Lots of learning activities were carried out in school to meet these aims.