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Anti-Bullying

Goodwin Academy Pledge

Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the pageGoodwin Academy is a learning community where staff and students feel safe and secure. Academy life is characterised by a calm, purposeful environment underpinned by relationships built upon mutual respect. Our expectation is that all students and staff will behave in appropriate and socially acceptable ways.

Every member of staff has a key role to play in promoting and sustaining the highest standards of behaviour for learning. We aim to provide a safe learning environment where everyone feels able to enjoy, achieve and fulfil their potential, free from any form of bullying, physical, verbal, emotional or cyber.

The well-being of every young person is of paramount importance; every learner has the right to a high-quality learning experience at school, free from harm, neglect and abuse. All staff have a duty of care and a responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the well-being of students.

In January, 20 pupils took part in a one-day anti-bullying training session run by The Diana Award at Goodwin Academy. Students from all year groups, worked together and acquired vital skills to enable them to change the attitudes and behaviours of bullying in their school by building their skills and confidence to address different situations, both online and off.

The Diana Award’s free Anti-Bullying Ambassador Programme which is available to schools across the UK, sees trainers working with students and other young people to change the attitude surrounding bullying. The programme has a strong peer-to-peer focus, with trainers giving young people the skills and confidence to become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors to tackle bullying in their schools long after the training has finished. The Diana Award’s anti-bullying work is recognised as world-class thanks to this sustainable approach.

The training looked at bullying in different situations including face-to-face and online. At the end of the day, pupils made an action plan of how to approach bullying issues that may arise in their schools and committed to their roles as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.

Bullying is: ‘Persistent behaviour by an individual or group with the intention of verbally, physically or emotionally harming another’.

A bully is: ‘A person who habitually seeks to harm or intimidate those whom they perceive as vulnerable.

Bullying typically demonstrates the following characteristics:

  • Repetition – not one-off incidents; frequent over a prolonged period of time
  • Intent – behaviour deemed purposeful, not accidental
  • Clear victim – behaviour targeted at specific individual or group
  • Power imbalance – unequal power causing stress to one party

Categories of bullying:

  • Verbal: name calling, mimicry, teasing, insulting, spreading rumours, swearing, verbal abuse, victimisation following reports of bullying by victim or bystanders (retribution).
  • Physical: Any unwanted or inappropriate touching, physical intimidation, hitting, pushing, kicking, pinching, poking, damaging or taking of belongings, deliberate pushing and shoving, threats of violence and extortion.
  • Emotional: Damage to reputation, rumour spreading, deliberate exclusion from groups, torment, mimicry, ridicule, isolation, refusal to work with another student, threats, revealing personal information, inciting or coercing others.
  • Cyber: Using social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Google+), web-based games consoles, mobile phones, messaging mediums to verbally or emotionally harm or embarrass another.

At Goodwin Academy, we have a zero tolerance attitude towards bullying.

It is important that students report any bullying behaviour and act us ‘upstanders’ to actively support any student who is being bullied.

A range of approaches will be used to support the victim of bullying and help them build resilience. These include:

  • Peer buddies
  • Anti-Bullying Ambassadors offering support or escalating to a member of staff
  • Coaching
  • Restorative justice conversations

A range of approaches will be used to support the bully to avoid repeating the bullying behaviour. These include:

  • 1:1 meetings
  • Anti-Bullying Ambassadors to support to correct their bullying behaviours
  • Restorative justice conversations
  • Parent/carer meetings
  • Setting appropriate sanctions to demonstrate our zero tolerance approach

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You can use our Academy ‘Report it’ button to report any bullying behaviour or speak directly to your child’s Form Tutor.