How to Deal with Bullying
Gold Status for the Anti-Bullying Alliance All Together Programme
CFGS is proud to have received Gold status for the Anti-Bullying Alliance All Together Programme. This is in recognition of all the work that is done by both staff and students throughout CFGS in order to reduce the incidence and impact of bullying both in school and online.
How to Deal with Bullying
Bullying can take many forms, all of which are wrong and will not be accepted at CFGS. Anybody could be subject to bullying at any time in their life.
All members of our school community are required to treat others with kindness and respect. The School Code of Conduct states that students must ‘communicate respectfully and politely with members of the school community and members of the local community’. Students may see bullying that is not evident to adults or staff and so all students, whether they are being targeted themselves, are friends or onlookers, have the responsibility to be an ‘upstander’ and to report any suspected bullying incidents to an adult or through the online reporting system, SHARP.
CFGS defines bullying as the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or online.[i]
CFGS builds a supportive, positive social environment and staff are alert to the signs of bullying so that the risk of bullying incidents is minimised. Please see the full Anti-bullying Policy for details of the work that the school undertakes.
What to do if you have concerns about bullying:
It is essential that any concerns are reported to the school so that the matter can be investigated promptly and sensitively.
Students must talk to an adult. This can be any member of staff in school, including a teacher, Form Tutor, Head of Year, Academic Mentor, member of the House Team, SEND teacher, School Nurse, School Counsellor or a Teaching Assistant, or an adult outside school such as their parent/carer or a friend. If they do not feel comfortable approaching an adult, they can report their concerns through SHARP anonymously or speak to a responsible student, such as an Anti-bullying Ambassador, Peer Mentor, a member of the Sixth Form Student Leadership Team or a member of the School Council.
Parent / carers are encouraged to report any concerns that they have about bullying to the school, normally the Head of Year. They can do this by phoning the School Reception on 020 8981 1131 to request a phone call back or to arrange a meeting, or by sending a message to the Head of Year’s email address directly. If parents/carers feel that they want to report concerns anonymously, they can do this via the online recording platform, SHARP.
Sixth Form: Sixthform@central.towerhamlets.sch.uk
What happens when bullying is reported?
The person who has been told about the bullying will pass on the reported incident to the Head of Year who is then able to liaise with their Line Manager, as appropriate. The case will be investigated promptly and sensitively in order to:
- Reassure the student who has been targeted and secure the safety of those involved
- Take action to stop the behaviour
- Establish the facts. The investigation may require a number of people to be spoken to and for statements to be written so that these can be taken into consideration
- Organise appropriate interventions for the aggressor(s). The student who has been targeted will be kept informed of the process and appropriate support arranged. Attempts to restore the relationship(s) will be made wherever possible
- The situation will be continue to be monitored and the HOY, Form Tutors and other key staff will maintain an ‘open door’ policy to ensure that students report any ongoing concerns that they have
- Staff will reflect to see if any whole-school learning can take place.
A personalised response will be organised to support the student who has been targeted to help them process the incident and move forwards, normally by the Head of Year or a member of the Senior Leadership Team where appropriate. Staff will involve the student as well as the parent/carer in the solution and work together to help formulate an appropriate plan that will support the student. The student(s) involved in the bullying will receive an appropriate sanction as well as support to address any underlying issues to ensure that the bullying is not repeated.