BULLYING

At Elmwood we firmly believe that the welfare of each child is a crucial part of their being able to access their full entitlement to education. We have in place an anti-bullying policy that can be downloaded from this website.  The School has maintained the Silver Award through Walsall’s Anti Bullying Charter Mark.

Bullying takes many forms:

  • Physical. Pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching and other forms of violence or threats.
  • Verbal. Name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, persistent teasing.
  • Emotional. Excluding (sending to Coventry), tormenting, ridicule, humiliation.
    Racist. Racial taunts, graffiti, gestures (more).
  • Sexual. Unwanted physical contact or abusive comments.
  • Homophobic. Any hostile or offensive action against lesbians, gay males or bisexuals or those perceived to be lesbian, gay or bisexual.

All the above forms of bullying can not only be delivered on a personal, face to face basis, but also by using existing and new technology, becoming known as cyber-bullying.

Emotional bullying, like ridicule and exclusion, seems to be more common than physical violence and, judging by what young people say, it can also be the most difficult type of bullying to cope with or prove.

Persistent bullying can result in:

  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Shyness
  • Poor academic achievement
  • Isolation
  • Threatened or attempted suicide

We have several strategies in place to address bullying.

Strategies include:

  • ‘The Sharp System’. This is an anti-bullying website which contains information as well as a system for reporting bullying incidents to school. The website can be viewed at www.thesharpsystem.com.
  • Completion of blue forms by pupils for action by SLT.
  • Posters are displayed around School
  • Assemblies address the issues of bullying.
  • Bullying is addressed in PSHE lessons.
  • Purchase and issue of anti bullying wrist bands to all pupils.

RACIST INCIDENTS

Our definition of a racist incident is any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person.

We have in place a racist incident policy that can be made available to parents upon written request.

LINKS

ChildLine is a website that provides free and confidential advice to children and young people in the UK.