Our new 'Friendship Box'
Located in the school hall, children can post a note to celebrate a friendship, share a worry or report bullying behaviours.
St Michael's Easthampstead is taking part in the ABA United Against Bullying Programme
What is the United Against Bullying Programme?
The United Against Bullying programme is the Anti-Bullying Alliance’s free whole-school anti-bullying programme. It supports schools to reduce bullying and improve the wellbeing of all children, focusing on those most at risk, including children and young people with SEND, children and young people who experience racist and faith-targeted bullying, sexual bullying, homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, looked-after children, young carers and those on free school meals.
The overall aim of the programme is to establish United Against Bullying Schools. These are schools that have evidenced their work to reduce bullying and improve the wellbeing of all pupils.
At St Michael’s Easthampstead we believe that everyone is valuable and valued. We aim to create an environment where our values of Love: Honesty, Kindness, Aspiration and Respect are evident in our interactions with everyone so that we can “make a difference to our own life and the lives of others.”
Therefore, our response to and treatment of bullying behaviour is a central part of our responsibility to our children and community. St Michael’s CE Primary School community recognises that all forms of bullying, especially if left unaddressed, can have a devastating effect on individuals; it can create a barrier to learning and have serious consequences for mental wellbeing.
By effectively preventing and tackling bullying our school can help to create a safe and disciplined environment, where pupils are able to learn and fulfil their potential.
Bullying behaviour can be:
- Physical – pushing, poking, kicking, hitting, biting, pinching etc.
- Verbal - name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, threats, teasing, belittling.
- Emotional – isolating others, tormenting, hiding books, threatening gestures, ridicule, humiliation, intimidating, excluding, manipulation and coercion.
- Sexual – unwanted physical contact, inappropriate touching, abusive comments, homophobic abuse, exposure to inappropriate films etc.
- Online /cyber – posting on social media, sharing photos, sending nasty text messages, social exclusion
- Indirect - Can include the exploitation of individuals
Credit to: https://anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/tools-information/all-about-bullying/understanding-bullying/definition