Swallowdale is committed to supporting our children to stand up together against bullying and we achieved the Leicestershire Beyond Bullying Silver Award. Throughout the year we have been working with staff, children and parents to create a school community where bullying behaviour is not tolerated. Our school is committed to being a place where reported incidents of bullying behaviour will be taken seriously.
All members of our community are expected to report incidents of bullying behaviour to someone they trust so that incidents can be dealt with promptly and effectively.
What is bullying behaviour?
The school adopts the Anti-Bullying Alliance definition of bullying which is:
The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face-to-face or online.
For our children we use the definition from our Jigsaw PHSE programme.
Bullying is behaviour that is repeated and intended to hurt or frighten someone either physically or emotionally.
A person that is displaying bullying behaviour is someone who hurts or frightens someone over a period of time.
For more detailed information about the different types of bullying, please read the Anti- Bullying section in our behaviour policy. The link is below.
I think I’m being bullied, what should I do?
This might be an adult you can trust such as a parent or grandparent, teacher, lunchtime supervisor or learning support assistant. The most obvious adult in school to tell is your class teacher. However, if you don’t feel comfortable telling your class teacher you can tell any adult in school.
Every member of staff takes bullying seriously and will listen to you.
Of course, you can/should also tell your family.
If you are really struggling to tell an adult, ask a close friend who you trust to help you speak to an adult.
I think my child is being bullied, what should I do?
If you suspect your child is being bullied, don’t ignore it.
Find a quiet time to talk to your child. Explain that bullying is unacceptable and that no one should have to put up with it. Promise to do all you can to stop it.
Make an appointment to see your child’s class teacher as soon as possible.
Key people in school
Mrs Harries is the Headteacher and DSL.
Mrs Edwards is the Deputy Headteacher and DSL.
Miss Cross is the SENDCo.
Mrs Emma Janson is the Lead Governor working on the project.
Remember – anyone will help you.
Helpful links https://www.beyondbullying.com/
Read our Anti-bullying policy here. Behaviour And Anti Bullying Policy 2022