Rathnure NS Anti Bullying Policy
In accordance with the requirements of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and the Code of Behaviour Guidelines issued by the NEWB, the Board of Management of Rathnure National School has adopted the following anti-
The Board of Management recognises the very serious nature of bullying and the negative impact that it can have on the lives of pupils and is therefore fully committed to the following key principles of best practice in preventing and tackling bullying behaviour:
A positive school culture and climate which-
Is welcoming of difference and diversity and is based on inclusivity;
Encourages pupils to disclose and discuss incidents of bullying behaviour in a non-
Promotes respectful relationships across the school community;
A shared understanding of what bullying is and its impact;
Implementation of education and prevention strategies(including awareness raising measures) that
Build empathy, respect and resilience in pupils; and
Explicitly address the issues of cyber-
Effective supervision and monitoring pupils;
Supports for staff;
Consistent recording, investigation and follow-
In accordance with the Anti-
Bullying is unwanted negative behaviour, verbal, psychological or physical conducted, by an individual or group against another person (or persons) and which is repeated over time.
The following types of bullying behaviour are included in the definition of bullying:
Deliberate exclusion, malicious gossip and other forms of relational bullying,
Isolated or once-
However, in the context of this policy, placing a once-
Negative behaviour that does not meet this definition of bullying will be dealt with in accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.
Additional information on different types of bullying is set out in Section 2 of the Anti-
The relevant teachers for investigating and dealing with bullying are all teachers: (see section 6.8 pf the Anti-
The education and prevention strategies (including strategies specifically aimed at cyber bullying, homophobic and transphobic bullying) that will be used by the school are as follows (see section 6.5 of the Anti-
Friends for Life (Training for staff to be undertaken 2014)
Health promoting School
Anger Management Training for SEN pupils
Homophobic and transphobic bullying to be addresses during 6th class RSE seminar.
Cyber bullying to be covered during SPHE lessons at class level
The school’s procedures for investigation, follow up and recording of bullying behaviour and the established intervention strategies used by the school for dealing with cases of bullying behaviour are as follows (see section 6.8 of the Anti-
The primary aim for the relevant teacher in investigating and dealing with bullying is to resolve any issues and to restore, as far as is practicable, the relationships of the parties involved (rather than to apportion blame)
In investigation and dealing with bullying, the teacher will exercise his/her professional judgement to determine whether bullying has occurred and how best the situation might be resolved
All reports, including anonymous reports of bullying must be investigated and dealt with by the relevant teacher. In that way pupils will gain confidence in ’telling’. This confidence factor is of vital importance. It should be made clear to all pupils that when they report incidents of bullying they are not considered to be telling tales but are behaving responsibly.
Parents and pupils are required to co-
It is very important that all involved (including each set of pupils and parents) understand the above approach from the outset
Teachers should take a calm, unemotional problem-
Incidents are generally best investigated outside the classroom situation to ensure the privacy of all involved
All interviews should be conducted with sensitivity and with due regard to the rights of all pupils concerned. Pupils who are not directly involved can also provide useful information in this way
When analysing incidents of bullying behaviour, the relevant teacher should seek answers to questions of what, where, when who and why. This should be done in a calm manner, setting an example in dealing effectively with a conflict in a non-
If a group is involved, each member should be interviewed individually at first. Thereafter, all those involved should be met as a group. At the group meeting, each member should be asked for his/her account of what happened to ensure that everyone in the group is clear about each other’s statements
Each member of a group should be supported through the possible pressures that they may face from the other members of the group after interview by the teacher
It may also be appropriate or helpful to ask those involved to write down their account of the incident
In cases where it has been determined by the relevant teacher that bullying behaviour has occurred, the parents of the parties involved should be contacted at an early stage to inform them of the matter and explain the actions being taken(by reference to the school policy). The school should give parents an opportunity of discussing ways in which they can reinforce or support the actions being taken by the school and the supports for their pupils
Where the relevant teacher has determined that a pupil has been engaged in bullying behaviour, it should be made clear to him/her how he/she is in breach of the school’s anti-
It must also be made clear to all involved (each set of pupils and parents) that in any situation where disciplinary sanctions are required, this is a private matter between the pupil being disciplined, his or her parents and the school
In cases where the relevant teacher considers that the bullying behaviour has not been adequately and appropriately addressed within 20 school days after he/she has determined that bullying behaviour has occurred, it must be recorded by the relevant teacher in the recording template.(see appendix)
In determining whether a bullying case has been adequately and appropriately addressed the relevant teacher must, as part of his/her professional judgement, take the following factors into account
Whether the bullying behaviour has ceased
Whether any issues between the parties have been resolved as far as is practicable
Whether the relationships between the parties have been restored as far as is practicable, and
Any feedback received from the parties involved, their parents or the school Principal or Deputy Principal
Where a parent is not satisfied that the school has dealt with a bullying case in accordance with these procedures, the parents must be referred, as appropriate, to the school’s complaints procedures
In the event that a parent has exhausted the school’s complaints procedures and is still not satisfied, the school must advise the parents of their right to make a complaint to the Ombudsman for Children.
While all reports, including anonymous reports of bullying must be investigated and dealt with by the relevant teacher, the relevant teacher will use his/her professional judgement in relation to the records to be kept of these reports, the actions taken and any discussions with those involved regarding same
If it is established by the relevant teacher that bullying has occurred, the relevant teacher must keep appropriate written records which will assist his/her efforts to resolve the issues and restore, as far as is practicable, the relationships of the parties involved.
The relevant teacher must use the recording template(see appendix) to record the bullying behaviour in the following circumstances
In cases where he/she considers that the bullying behaviour has not been adequately and appropriately addressed within 20 school days after he/she has determined that bullying behaviour has occurred and
Where the school has decided as part of its anti-
In each of these circumstances, the recording template (see appendix) must be completed in full and retained by the teacher in question and a copy provided to the Principal or Deputy principal as applicable. It should also be noted that the timeline for recording bullying behaviour in the recording template does not in any way preclude the relevant teacher from consulting the Principal or Deputy Principal at an earlier stage in relation to a case.
The School’s Programme of support for working with pupils affected by bullying is as follows
The school will work with the alleged bullies and their victims in revising the programmes above, and with one-
The school’s programme of support for working with pupils affected by bullying involves discussing the incidents with the pupils, reassuring them that they were right to bring the events to the attention of staff, that they were not telling tales and their actions will help others, they will be reminded that they should tell again if they have any new concerns. The teacher(s) involved and the principal will check from time to time with the child that everything is ok.
Supervision and monitoring of pupils
The Board of Management confirms that appropriate supervisio