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Here at Waingels we want to ensure that students learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment, without fear of being bullied.
We view bullying as the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. This view is supported by Kidscape, a leading organisation in supporting schools and young people in tackling bullying. We would like to emphasise the importance of our children reporting any such behaviour to a member of staff and for parents to support this important step by encouraging them to do so. Our first approach is to resolve problems through mediation and restorative practices, empowering those affected in the decision making process. If this does not have the desired effect, then a more punitive approach will be taken, following the schools sanctions policy.
We have a team of trained Anti-Bullying and Social Mentors. These students offer 1:1 support and mentoring for KS3 students who are the victim or perpetrator of bullying, or those students who need some reassurance or social support. This can be requested by a self-referral and through tutor or HOY referrals. Each year we also use Anti-Bullying week to further raise the profile of ways we should all behave towards one another; to understand the impact of bullying on others and demonstrate that everyone can help to stop it.
Ms A Robinson- Anti-Bullying Lead