Our Anti-Bullying Charter
The anti-bullying charter was written by students following and anti-bullying workshop that was held in collaboration with the local Police.
At University Academy Kidsgrove we do not tolerate bullying. We are working together to put a stop to bullying; to create a safe, caring and respectful community.
- Speak out against bullying.
- Report bullying to an adult such as a parent, grandparent or a member of staff.
- Treat others with respect.
- Not discriminate against others.
- Not deliberately hurt, upset or harass others.
- Make sure others feel safe in our Academy.
The purpose of this page is to provide support and guidance to students who feel they are victims of bullying and to parents who fear their child is being bullied. Anti-bullying is a topic discussed regularly in Academic Review.
Click here to go to the Childline website.
Click here to go to our Policy Documents page, where you can find our Anti-Bullying Policy.
What is bullying?
Bullying may be defined as the activity of repeated, aggressive behaviour intended to hurt another person, physically or mentally (a ‘one-off’ argument with a friend is not bullying). Bullying is characterized by an individual behaving in a certain way to gain power over another person.
ADVICE FOR STUDENTS
I am being bullied. What should I do?
Do not blame yourself and do not be afraid to ask for help.
If there is an incident in class, report it to your class teacher. If an incident occurs during lunchtime, report it to a Lunchtime Supervisor or member of staff on duty.
You can also talk to your Form Tutor, Head of Learning, Learning Coach, Mrs Edgerton or Mrs Mitchell in Student Support. They will listen and be able to help you.
If you feel you cannot talk about what is happening, you can email the anti-bullying support team in confidence by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact Childline for advice.
I think my friend is being bullied. What should I do?
If you are worried about a friend, you can help them by talking to your Form Tutor, Head of Learning, Learning Coach, Mrs Edgerton or Mrs Mitchell in Student Support. You are not being disloyal to your friend; it is important that you tell an adult so they can help.
ADVICE FOR PARENTS
I think my child is being bullied. What should I do?
You need to consider the evidence calmly. When your child is upset, it can be very easy to take things out of perspective. Is your child being bullied or is it just a ‘one-off’ argument with a friend? If the incident occurs with the same student on several occasions and is happening during school hours, then this is bullying and you need to contact the Academy. You can contact your child’s Head of Learning or Learning Coach by email, telephone or by writing a note in your child’s planner. It would be helpful if you can gather as much information as possible from your child before contacting us (names, incidents, dates, witnesses etc) but don’t worry if you are not able to do this. All reports of bullying are taken seriously and are treated as urgent but please be aware that all Heads of Learning have teaching commitments and will need time to investigate the allegations.
What about cyber-bullying?
A new issue that is becoming increasingly important to every parent is E-Safety and Cyber Bullying. University Academy Kidsgrove takes the safety of the students very seriously and has a number of procedures in place to stop cyber bullying and other internet safety issues.
Cyber-bullying includes e-mail, instant messenger, chat rooms and texts. Tell your child not to reply to abusive messages but do not delete them. The majority of cyber bullying occurs outside of school hours, therefore you would need to report it to the police. Most websites and chat providers have specific procedures and assistance for reporting cyber bullying.
In school, we subscribe to Securus Software which protects children from cyber bullying, online grooming, explicit images, harmful websites and other threats by alerting staff to anything of concern on the network. If you would like to know more about E-Safety and Cyber Bullying and what you can do to ensure safety for your children every time they use the internet, then find out more by clicking the links below: