Our anti-bullying policy was most recently updated in May 2017 and can be viewed here.



Everyone at Riverside Community Primary School has the right to feel welcome, secure and happy. Only if this is the case will all members of the school community be able to achieve to their maximum potential. Bullying of any sort prevents this being able to happen and prevents equality of opportunity. It is everyone’s responsibility to prevent this happening and this policy contains guidelines to support this ethos.

Where bullying exists the victims must feel confident to use the anti-bullying systems within the school to end the bullying.  It is our aim to challenge attitudes about bullying behaviour, increase understanding for bullied pupils and help build an anti-bullying ethos in the school.


Bullying is:

v  Deliberately hurtful or upsetting behaviour

v  Usually repeated, often over a period of time but is sometimes an isolated incident

v  Behaviour that makes it difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves

Bullying can take many forms:

v  PHYSICAL - hitting, kicking, pushing, taking belongings

v  VERBAL -  name calling, sarcasm, insulting remarks, racist remarks, teasing, spreading rumours 

v  EMOTIONAL - excluding, tormenting, ridiculing, humiliating

v  It includes ‘cyber bullying’ where images or words are used over text, email or on social media (such as Facebook) which cause hurt or upset


The effects of bullying:

As well as the children directly involved, bullying can affect:

v  parents

v  other children and their parents

v  the class teacher and other staff in school

Parents are often the first to be aware of a change in the child’s behaviour — reluctance to attend school, complaining of sickness, headache, stomach pains, and anger or crying. It is important that parents contact the class teacher quickly if a concern arises:

Together we must be aware that persistent bullying can result in: -

v  a lowering of self esteem

v  children becoming withdrawn

v  reduced academic achievement

v  isolation

v  irrational behaviour

v  depression and at its most serious, forms of ‘self-harm’

We help prevent bullying by: -

v  Creating a positive school climate where praise is given high priority

v  Building an anti-bullying ethos in school

v  Adopting a whole-school approach to positive behaviour management, where good behaviour is modelled and praised, where self-esteem is fostered and the positive ethos of the school is linked to our Mission Statement

v  Children, parents and staff are clear about what counts as bullying and why everyone should care about bullying

v  Personal, social and health education including bullying is addressed in the curriculum through lesson content, circle time and assemblies; we also link into national events such as Anti-Bullying Week

v  Being pro-active in recognising and addressing potential problems

Our guiding principles

v  We recognise that bullying can occur in any school

v  We teach pupils to report and challenge bullying behaviour

v  We teach cyber safety

v  Pupils and parents are encouraged to inform a member of staff immediately

v  We take reports seriously, investigate and respond

v  We actively share information around the staff team through pastoral meetings

v  We aim to solve situations that arise so that further instances are prevented

First steps

v  remain calm

v  gather information

v  take action, privately or publicly

v  reassure the victim, offer the victim help, advice and support

v  make it plain to the bully that you disapprove

v  discuss the incident as appropriate to age and level of understanding

v  discipline the bully explaining clearly the punishment and why it is being given

If a situation persists

v  record the incident in the class file; monitor closely

v  inform a member of senior staff or head teacher

v  inform all staff to be vigilant

v  usually the class teacher will inform both sets of parents calmly, clearly and concisely

v  reassure both sets of parents that the incident has been dealt with appropriately

v  offer parents a constructive plan for the future

v  look for trigger factors, eg, who, what, where, when. Think ahead to prevent a recurrence of the incident

In some cases:

v  if a situation persists a member of senior staff or the head teacher will become involved with parents

all instances of bullying involving racist abuse must be reported to the local authority

If necessary, outside agencies from the local authority are used to support the children, parents and school.

Policy Created: November 2008   Reviewed: January 2015, May 2017

This policy links to the school’s Positive Behaviour Policy



Riverside School Anti-Bullying Charter

We at Riverside School are working together to create a community where bullying is not tolerated.

We understand that bullying is when someone makes us feel frightened by hurting us or our feelings, over a period of time.

How can we keep our school a safe and happy place?

  • Ask people to join in so they are not lonely
  • Respect all our differences – everyone is important
  • Cheer people up if they get upset
  • No name calling or whispering
  • Think before we use our phones or computers
  • Take no notice of rumours
  • Make new children welcome
  • Take responsibility for our own actions and words
  • Don’t be afraid to report bullying

If we have a problem we can talk to:

  • Our teacher and teaching assistant
  • Parents/carers and family
  • Our friends
  • Mid-day supervisors


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