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"The single most important thing a school can do to prevent bullying is to have a clear policy to which staff, students and parents are committed."

"Action against Bullying" - Scottish Office Education Department

RATIONALE

The possible consequences of bullying can be so severe that all attempts must be made to remove all forms of bullying from our school culture.

Students need to be educated and encouraged to speak out if bullying becomes a problem for them.

Potential bullies need to be educated about the possible consequences.

PURPOSES

To ensure that the school is a safe environment for students to attend and learn.

To foster good relationships between students, their teachers and parents.

To educate students on how to respond to one another and how to speak out if they feel they are being bullied.

To enable students to develop strategies to tackle Bullying.

PROCEDURES

Awareness raising sessions will be regularly carried out with students, staff and parents. The topic of bullying will be covered in assemblies, school council and student committees and in areas of the curriculum such as PSHE or Citizenship.

Policies will be reviewed annually or amended as appropriate.

All suspected incidents of bullying will be taken seriously, recorded and monitored.

CONCLUSION

We hope to make all areas of the school environment safe for all. In doing so we will ensure that each student is happy feels safe and their emotional needs are met, thus enabling them to reach their full potential.