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Bullying at School

Bullying is concerning for children and their parents. It can have a significant effect on a child’s education and emotional well-being.

Signs to look out for

  •  Avoiding school
  • Appearing frightened of the journey to and from school
  • Deterioration in their school work
  • Anxious, moody, withdrawn, quiet
  • Seeming unhappy but refusing to talk about it
  • Complaining of headaches, stomach aches or other illnesses regularly
  • Having nightmares or sleeping difficulties
  • Clinging to adults
  • Torn clothes
  • Missing or damaged possessions
  • Unexplained cuts and bruises

How you can help

  • Give reassurance to your child that it’s not their fault
  • Talk calmly about what happened, even though you may be upset yourself
  • Listen and take what is said seriously
  • Make notes of what happened, who, what, where, when
  • Keep your child involved, it’s important that they know what is happening and have a say
  • Encourage them to report incidents to a teacher
  • Talk to school staff about bullying
  • It will help if you bear in mind that the teacher many have no idea that your child is being bullied or may have heard conflicting accounts of an incident
  • Stay in touch with the school.  Let them know if things improve as well as if problems continue.

If you are concerned that your child is being bullied in school, the following information may be helpful.

Things you can do at school

If your child attends primary school, speak to your child’s class teacher first:

  • He/she should have the best understanding of relationships within the class.
  • He/she can monitor the behaviour of the children.

If your child attends secondary school, contact the appropriate Head of Year first:

  • He/she will alert your child’s different teachers and gather information from them.

This will often stop the bullying.

If the problem continues or stops for a while then starts again.

Talk again with the teacher you’ve already spoken to.

It’s helpful at this stage to have a record of specific incidents. A home-school diary can sometimes:

  • help school staff and parents to continue the communication
  • provide the school with information which can be investigated. 

If the bullying continues, you may feel it necessary to take your concerns to:

  • the Head teacher - in a primary school;
  • an assistant Head teacher or deputy Head teacher - in a secondary school.

Anti-Bullying Policy and Complaints Policy

You can ask the school for a copy of its Anti-Bullying Policy at any time.

You may decide to make a formal complaint if:

  • you have followed the procedures outlined above
  • and you feel the school is not following their Anti-Bullying policy.

In this case you can ask the school for a copy of its complaints policy.

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Last updated: 1 March 2016

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