Anti-Bullying Policy-Full School
Last reviewed: August 2019
Claire McGrory and Emma John, Deputy Heads in Pre-Prep School
Siobhan Bee and Laura Oliver, Assistant Heads in the Prep School
Wayne Davis, Deputy Head (Pastoral) in the Senior School
1. Policy Statement
This policy follows the guidelines where required and necessary to the context of the UAE outlined in the Preventing and Tackling Bullying Department For Education UK guidance July, 2017. It also covers guidelines from the Anti- Bullying guide UAE in collaboration with UNICEF, Ministry of Education and Abu Dhabi Education Council.
This policy applies to all children and staff at Cranleigh Abu Dhabi irrespective of their age. At Cranleigh Abu Dhabi we strongly believe that every child has the right to learn in a supportive, caring, positive and safe environment through the promotion of outstanding behaviour and high expectations of kindness and inclusivity. Bullying or any form of unkindness of any sort is unacceptable within the School community and depending on the case and severity could be considered a Safeguarding concern. If bullying or unkindness does occur, all children should be able to report incidents and feel confident that it would be dealt with promptly and effectively. Cranleigh Abu Dhabi is an Anti-Bullying school - and a TELLING school - anyone (including parents) who is aware that bullying or unkindness is happening is expected to tell a member of staff and all staff are expected to be vigilant at all times.
1.1 Bullying - a definition:
Cranleigh Abu Dhabi defines bullying as behaviour by an individual or group that is repeated and continuous over time that intentionally is hurtful or causes repeated distress towards a person or a group of people physically or emotionally. Please note this is different to unkindness and it is important to being able to distinguish between unkindness and bullying. Unkindness even if one off is dealt with quickly, effectively and efficiently to avoid escalation or reoccurring incidents. Early intervention and education for the children is key to ensure acceptable behaviour is reinforced, understood and to help stop negative behaviours escalating such as unkindness or worse case bullying.
Bullying can take part in many forms including online (cyber- bullying). Standing by without taking action to prevent bullying is also seen as colluding with the bully. The bystander is therefore culpable under ‘joint enterprise’. Low level disruption or poor behaviour could lead to bullying if repeated and continuous. It might be motivated by actual differences between children, or perceived differences. Stopping violence and ensuring immediate physical safety is obviously Cranleigh Abu Dhabi's first priority but emotional bullying can be more damaging than physical; the pastoral teams have to make their own judgements about each specific case as all cases vary in contexts. Many experts say that bullying involves an imbalance of power between the perpetrator and the victim. This could involve perpetrators of bullying having control over the relationship which makes it difficult for those they bully to defend themselves. The imbalance of power can manifest itself in several ways, it may be physical, psychological (knowing what upsets someone), derive from an intellectual imbalance, or by having access to the support of a group, or the capacity to socially isolate. It can result in the intimidation of a person or persons through the threat of violence or by isolating them either physically or online.
1.2 Policy aims:
Through the operation of this policy we aim to:
- maintain a positive, safe, inclusive and supportive culture among all pupils and staff throughout the school community
- highlight the importance that all members of the school community should be treated with courtesy, equality, kindness and respect
- promote a school community that fosters an environment of equal opportunities for all and celebrates diversity and individuality
- ensure every pupil can learn effectively, safely and successfully
- ensure every pupil is taught about the importance of kindness, empathy and the signs to look out for with regard to unkindness and bullying
- ensure staff are aware of the signs to look out for with regard to unkindness and antisocial behaviour
- deter unkind behaviour, detect it when it occurs, and deal with it by implementing interventions and/or disciplinary sanctions
- plan for topics in the Learning for Life: Moral Education programme, assemblies and tutor time to ensure all children are aware of the signs and behaviours associated with unkindness and how if repeated can lead to bullying
- continuously monitor notes on isams, behaviour throughout the school day, pupil surveys, effort grades to ensure children are learning effectively, positively and safely
- provide effective staff training (where and when required) to ensure all staff members are aware of the signs of unkindness to avoid it reaching to the level of bullying
- provide safe spaces and small group interventions for vulnerable children or children that may struggling socially or lack confidence
Bullying or unkind behaviour is always unacceptable and will not be tolerated at the school because:
- it is harmful whether that be emotionally, physically or both to the person who is bullied, and to those who engage in bullying behaviour, and those who support them
- it interferes with a child's right to enjoy his/her learning and leisure time free from intimidation
- it makes the child feel unsafe in his/ her environment and can impact on social and emotional development
- it is contrary to all our school values, the Cranleigh Code and the reputation of the school
2. Bullying and Unkind Behaviour
Bullying is repeated and continuous behaviour over time which hurts or causes repeated distress by taking unfair advantage of another person in some way, making him or her feel uncomfortable or threatened.
- physical bullying - hitting, kicking, pushing people around, spitting or taking, continually damaging or hiding possessions
- verbal bullying - name-calling, taunting, teasing, insulting, or racist/ cultural unacceptable remarks
- exclusionary behaviour - intimidating, isolating or continuing excluding a person from a group
- sexual harassment - talking to or touching someone in a sexually inappropriate way
- Cyber-bullying: the school has a separate policy which deals with cyber-bullying. Cyber-bullying is the use of information and communications technology (ICT), particularly using mobile phones, social media and internet sites, deliberately to upset someone else
Not all bullying is deliberate or intended to hurt. Some individuals may see their hurtful conduct as "teasing" or "a game" or "for the good of" the other person. These forms of unkindness are equally unacceptable but may be non-malign and can often be corrected quickly with advice and without severe disciplinary sanctions.
It is everyone's responsibility in the school community to ensure, whatever the circumstances, that no pupil becomes a victim of bullying or unkindness. This includes children, staff, parents and the administrative teams. All staff have a professional duty of care. A person may be vulnerable to bullying because of his/her age, physical appearance, nationality, colour, gender, religion or disability, or because s/he is new in the school, appears to be uncertain or has no friends. S/he may also become a target because of an irrational decision by a bully.
3. Anti-Bullying Culture
Our expectation of all members of the school community is that:
- everyone in the school community will uphold The Cranleigh Code, following the Anti-Bullying Policy and promote kindness
- all staff have a professional responsibility for the care of students
- a pupil or a member of staff who witnesses or hears of an incident of unkindness or bullying will report it immediately
- a complaint of unkindness or bullying will always be taken seriously and investigated fully
- no one will tolerate unkind actions or remarks or stand by when someone else is being bullied
3.2 Equal opportunities:
- discriminatory words and behaviour are treated as unacceptable
- positive attitudes are fostered towards people who are disabled and towards ethnic, cultural and linguistic groups within and outside the school
- positive attitudes are fostered towards both sexes through the tutoring system, assemblies and Learning for Life: Moral Education programme
Through their training and experience, members of the staff are expected to promote an anti-bullying and unkind culture by:
- celebrating achievement and giving continuous praise where and when required
- anticipating problems and providing support
- disciplining sensibly and fairly alongside the School’s sanctions chart and behaviour policy
- making opportunities to listen to pupils (this could be through pupil surveys, 1:1 tutorials, tutor time, assemblies etc)
- acting as advocates for pupils
Through our pastoral care systems, pupils are informed and taught that bullying and unkindness will not be tolerated in the School. They are encouraged to:
- celebrate the effort and achievements of others creating an inclusive and empathetic atmosphere
- be respectful of other’s differences and their backgrounds celebrating individuality
- hold and promote positive attitudes those which are outlined in The Cranleigh Code
- feel able to share problems with staff, listeners, house prefects etc
- turn to someone they trust, if they have a problem or worry
- not feel guilty about airing complaints, worries or concerns
4.1 Our approach:
Cranleigh staff proactively gather intelligence about issues between pupils which might provoke conflict and develop strategies to prevent unkindness occurring in the first place hopefully preventing it ever leading to a bullying nature. This might involve talking to pupils about issues of difference, perhaps in tutor time, MEP lessons, through dedicated events or projects, or through assemblies. Staff and tutors especially will be able to determine what will work best for their pupils, depending on the particular issues they need to address. Schools which excel at tackling unkindess and bullying have created an ethos of high expectations where pupils treat one another and the school staff with respect and kindness because they know that this is the right way to behave. That culture extends beyond the classroom to the corridors, the dining hall, the playground, and beyond the school gates including travel to and from school. Values of respect for staff and other pupils, an understanding of the value of education, and a clear understanding of how our actions affect others permeate the Cranleigh Abu Dhabi environment and are reinforced by staff and older pupils who set a good example to the rest.
Abu Dhabi adopts a three-stage approach when dealing with unkindness and bullying. Our systems for detecting and dealing with unkindness and bullying are designed to operate horizontally within year groups and in the classroom, tutor groups and in other activities
4.1.1 Stage 1 - Preventative measures:
The first stage is to have preventative measures designed to discourage unkind and bullying behaviour and to promote respectful, kind and empathic behaviour. Examples of some of our preventative measures include:
- Staff and tutor training through insets and CPD - awareness of the risk and indications of unkindness, bullying,and how to deal with cases and incidents
- Following the Cranleigh Code which develops values and an ethos conducive to anti-bullying and unkindness
- Positive behaviour rewards – My Stickers, Department Awards, The Cranleighan, House Points, Star of the Week Award, Reward cards etc
- Banning of mobile phones (Prep and Pre-Prep Schools) and promoting e-safety amongst the Senior School especially (Please see the separate Anti Cyber-bullying policy)
- Utilizing the Cranleigh Voice and roles of Listeners, Playground Leaders, House Captains, Head Boy and Head Girl
- Exploring topics in assemblies and awareness days (Kindness Day, Mindful March)
- Moral Education (Learning for Life programme)
- Staff duty rota - there is an adequate presence of staff around the school community in all three schools
- Year 8 duty rota (Prep School) and Senior School Prefects - the role which is expected of them in setting a good example and being helpful to younger pupils and each other
- Monitoring and reviewing of policies annually, and termly where necessary
4.1.2 Stage 2: If bullying or unkindness occurs:
The School adopts a ‘conscience’ based approach to a unkind or bullying incident. This approach encourages the reporting of incidents by reducing the child's anxiety about repercussions; it also educates the bullies by increasing their sensitivity and sense of responsibility for their actions. Restorative approaches to conflict resolution and peer influence are central. These are provided by the Heads of Year (Pre- Prep and Prep), the Housemasters (Senior School) and / or the member of SMT responsible for overseeing the Pastoral system in the respective school. The School has a number of strategies (given below) to ensure that if unkindness does occur it is acted on quickly and effectively. Please do note that each unkind or bullying incident is unique and individual and has to be treated specifically to that situation or context.
A pupil who is being bullied or is experiencing unkindness should tell someone without delay and can do so in several ways. They can tell their parents, their Form Tutor, Head of Year, Housemaster, a member of SMT, a member of the medical department, a member of staff or a responsible older pupil.
Members of staff are vigilant at all times but particularly:
- before and in between lessons
- in the queue for the Dining Hall
- in the changing rooms
- during break or lunch times
- during extra-curricular activities, trips or in tutor time
The investigation of an unkind or in severe cases bullying incident is dealt with thoroughly. Most of the time taken is speaking to the individuals concerned ensuring all sides are covered including witnesses this is usually taken in a form of an incident report. There will usually be two members of staff present if the incident or situation is more complex. Depending on the incident or case children would be spoken to separately. It is important that all information is held in the strictest confidence to ensuring that no child feels "told on" or is "snitching". It is vital that a safe space is created dealing with unkind or issues surrounding bullying.
4.1.3 Stage three: If unkindness or bullying continues:
If unkindness continues it would then be considered bullying and this would be clearly communicated to the child/ren it involved. In cases of serious and/or persistent bullying then the school will apply increasing sanctions , which could result in temporary or permanent exclusion, following advice and intervention (if thought appropriate). At this level, each case will be judged on an individualised basis also following ADEKs behaviour framework.
Bullying and unkindness are regularly discussed in meetings between:
- members of the pastoral vertical group (including representatives from the three schools)
- Housemasters/ Heads of Year
- SMT and the pupil body (Year 8 Cranleigh Listeners and Cranleigh Voice council)
- Heads of Year and Form Tutors
- Tutors and pupils in their tutor group
- School staff in general
The result of these meetings is to feedback information about friendship patterns, dynamics of groups, particular incidents, any pupil who seems to be isolated, any growing "power base" and any known conflict between a member of staff and a pupil, or between pupils.
4.3 Record keeping and Monitoring:
Tutors, Heads of Years (Pre-Prep and Prep), Housemasters (Senior) and the member of SMT responsible for Pastoral Care maintain records of the welfare and development of individual pupils. These are logged securely and confidentially checked regularly by the members of SMT who is also the overall Designated Safeguarding Lead. In the Prep and Senior Schools, staff members can also log notes on iSAMS, which are sent to the Tutor, Heads of Years, Housemaster and SMT (Pastoral). Tutors, Heads of Years, and the member of SMT responsible for Pastoral Care monitor the pastoral notes to ensure every incident is dealt with effectively and efficiently. In Pre-Prep these are recorded as pupil notes.
4.4 Reporting incidents:
4.4.1 The victim:
There are many reasons why a pupil who has suffered unkindness or bullying may be reluctant to report it. They may become demoralised and might say that:
- it is 'telling tales' or that 'They won't believe me because the person I am complaining about is popular and I am not, and I will become even more unpopular.'
- the things they are saying and doing are too embarrassing to discuss with an adult
- it is all my fault anyway for being overweight/too studious etc
- there are too many of them; there is nothing the staff can do
- it will get back to my parents and they will think less of me
- I will just try and toughen up and grow a thicker skin
- I will lie low and not audition for a part in the school play etc
There are also reasons why a pupil who has witnessed or learned of bullying or unkind behaviour may not want to make a report. They may say that:
- it is "grassing" and I will become unpopular
- it is not my concern anyway
- I don't rate the victim and I would find it embarrassing to be associated with him/her
4.5 School Culture and Procedures of Anti-bullying :
The following procedures are guidelines except where expressed in the terms "should' or "must". The best guide is the experience and training of the staff. We encourage every pupil to understand that:
- every complaint of unkindness and bullying will be taken seriously
- members of staff will deal with a complaint correctly and effectively in accordance with their experience and the training they have received
- there is a solution to every problem of bullying or unkindness
- a pupil who complains will receive support and advice and in many cases the problem can be dealt with on a no-names basis
- the primary aim will be for the bullying to cease, not the punishment of the bully unless necessary
4.6 Initial complaint:
A person in authority who learns of alleged bullying or unkind behaviour should:
- firstly, offer advice, support and reassurance to the victim
- report the allegation to the tutors of the victim and the alleged aggressor
- record the complaint on iSAMS (Prep and Senior as a note, Pre-Prep as a pupil note)
- record the incident using the child’s words and description rather than their own interpretation. This often means asking the child to write down an account of what happened.
- contact the Head of Year (Pre-Prep and Prep), Housemaster (Senior School) and or the member of SMT responsible for Pastoral Care to agree on a strategy and on who will take the lead
The victim's Tutor or Head of Year / Housemaster will normally see the victim and (unless the case is very serious) any witnesses without delay and form an initial view of the allegation:
- the nature of the incident - was it physical, verbal, exclusionary etc?
- is it a "one-off" incident involving an individual or a group?
- is it part of a pattern of behaviour by an individual or a group?
- has physical injury been caused?
- Who should be informed further, possibly SMT, parents, the school's DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead) etc
- can the alleged bully be seen on a no-names basis?
- what is the likely outcome if the complaint proves to be correct?
4.8 Range of actions:
When a complaint is upheld the range of responses will include one or more of the following depending on the context of the incident and pupils involved. Each incident is dealt on a case by case basis. The range of actions in Pre-Prep is slightly different, please see their supplement here.
- advice and support for the victim and, where appropriate, establishing a course of action to help the victim
- advice and support to the bully in trying to change their behaviour. This may include clear instructions and a warning or final warning, and involvement of another senior pastoral figure
- a supervised meeting between the bully and the victim to discuss their differences and the ways in which they may be able to avoid future conflict
- a disciplinary sanction against the bully such as loss of break times, lunch detention or SLT detention depending of the context of the case.
- action to break up a "power base"
- pupil to be put on a report card
- notifying the parents of one or both pupils about the case and the action which has been taken
- noting the outcome in iSAMS
4.9 Serious incidents:
If a Head of Year (Pre-prep or Prep), Housemaster (Senior) or the member of SMT responsible for Pastoral Care believes that serious and repeated bullying behaviour has occurred or has recurred after warnings have been given to the "bully", they must inform the relevant Head of School and the School's DSL Officer. They must then:
- interview the alleged victim, bully and any witnesses separately, in order to establish the facts of the case. They may decide to ask the Head of Year or Housemaster to be present to act as a witness.
- send a summary of the findings to the Head of School / SMT (Pastoral) and relevant Heads of Year or Housemaster.
The Heads of School / member of SMT responsible for Pastoral and / or the relevant Head of Year (Pre-Prep and Prep) Housemaster (Senior) will interview the alleged victim and bully separately:
- to confirm the facts of the case, if considered necessary
- to decide on the action to be taken
- the Heads of School will notify the parents of the victim and bully giving them details of the case and the action being taken
- noting the outcome in the School’s Management Database: iSAMS
If the victim or his/her parents are not satisfied with the action taken, they should be advised to make a formal complaint, according to the school's complaints procedure. The Complaints Policy is available from the School Administrator on request.
Anti-Bullying Policy-Pre-Prep School
Last reviewed: 30/09/18
Responsible: Claire McGrory and Emma John, Deputy Heads of Pre-Prep School
In addition to the introduction:
In Pre-Prep much of what we see is ‘unkindness’. This is due to children reaching developmental milestones at different times. Young children are yet to develop a social ‘filter’ and are learning what is appropriate and what is not appropriate to say to others. They can be very impulsive with what they say, pointing out physical differences in a very matter-of-fact way, rather than thinking about how that might make the other child feel. In Pre-Prep we help the children develop empathy so that they become aware of social norms and what is acceptable.
4. In addition to Anti-Bullying Systems:
In addition to Stage 1: Preventative measures:
- Behaviour rewards – praise, stickers, Star of the Week, House points
- Pre-Prep Listeners
- Learning for Life programme (Including Personal, Social and Emotional Development lessons, Life Skills, and Moral Education lessons)
4.1.2 Stage 2:
Pupils are always encouraged to talk to a member of staff immediately if something is bothering them or if an incident has occurred. They may talk to their tutor teacher, the class teaching assistant, a member of SMT or any adult whom they feel comfortable with. They are taught to share their worries and they may take a friend for support.
If verbal/emotional unkindness occurs: Teachers follow the Behaviour Pyramid (see Pre-Prep Behaviour Policy) and adopt a ‘conscience based’ approach to an incident. This approach educates the pupil by increasing their sensitivity and sense of responsibility for their actions. This is provided by the Heads of Year and or the Deputy Head during ‘Reflection Time’, usually during missed golden time. Restorative approaches to conflict resolution are central.
Physical: If a physical altercation has taken place the child/children who have lashed out are immediately removed from the situation and taken to either the Head of Year or Deputy Head of Pre-Prep for immediate reflection time. Parents are notified that day.
4.1.3 Stage 3:
If behaviour develops from unkindness into bullying: Staff continue to work through the Behaviour Pyramid, placing a child on a behaviour plan after a productive and supportive meeting with parents.
In cases of serious and/or persistent bullying, permanent exclusion may result, following advice and intervention (if thought appropriate).
4.3 In addition to Record keeping and Monitoring:
Tutors, Head of Years and the Deputy Head of Pre-Prep (who is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Pre-Prep) maintain records of the welfare and development of individual pupils. These are logged securely on iSams under ‘Pupil Notes’ and under the Pupil Observation List. Children who cause concern, or who need monitoring, are discussed weekly at year level meetings. Head of Years and the Deputy Head monitor these pupils to ensure every incident is dealt with effectively and efficiently.
4.10 Serious incidences:
If a Head of Year or Deputy Head of Pre-Prep believes that serious and repeated bullying behaviour has occurred or has recurred after warnings have been given, s/he must inform the Head of Pre-Prep. The Deputy Head will then:
- Interview the alleged victim, bully and any witnesses separately, in order to establish the facts on the case and to decide on the action to be taken. S/he may decide to ask the Head of Year or tutor to be present.
- Send a summary of the findings to the Head of School and relevant tutor and Heads of Year.
- A member of SMT will notify the parents of the victim and bully giving them details of the case and the action being taken.
- The incident and outcome will be recorded in the School’s Management Database: iSAMS
This document is reviewed annually