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Sensible advice on 'bullying'

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by mickeyforpresident, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. mickeyforpresident

    mickeyforpresident New commenter

    This is very difficult. Whilst I would give serious consideration to every child's feelings and work on them (ie if this child has a problem with sharing a red crayon, then this needs addressing as does the percetion of their parents if they also see this as a problem!)

    However, I consider bullying a deliberate act over a sustained period of time. So a one-off is dealt with, but not considered bullying.

  2. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    What does it state in your own school's Anti-Bullying Policy? I suggest that you state a clear definition there and stick by it.
    For example, bullying can be defined in a
    number of ways. I suggest that your school follows DfES guidance which defines
    bullying as; “deliberately hurtful behaviour repeated often over a period of
    time or on isolated occasions, where somebody deliberately intimidates or
    harasses another”.
    September 2002)

  3. I have found it helpful to do a lot of work educating the children through daily assemblies about the meaning eg role play from older children, real stories of what it is & isn't, invite parents to these events too. Get all the children to sign a huge poster & on it define the word or take quotes from children to get the point across. Put your policy in the newsletter. There's an anti bullying week each year- lots of good activities around. Parents sometimes still use that word incorrectly but less often. I've not met many true bullies amongst the children I've taught at least!

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