At The Keystone Academy, we believe all pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment without the fear of being bullied. Every member of staff is responsible for the welfare and wellbeing of our pupils. We understand that both bullies and victims of bullying need support.
We are committed to developing an anti-bullying culture where the bullying of adults, children or young people is not tolerated in any form. We recognise that all forms of bullying, especially if left unaddressed, can have a devastating effect on individuals; it can create a barrier to learning and have serious consequences for mental wellbeing. By effectively preventing and tackling bullying, The Keystone Academy can help to create a safe environment where pupils are able to learn and fulfil their potential.
It is important to understand what constitutes bullying as opposed to being rude or mean.
Rude – Inadvertently saying or doing something that hurts someone else.
Mean – Purposefully saying or doing something to hurt someone once (or maybe twice).
Bullying – the repetitive, intentional harming of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power.
Bullying is, therefore:
- Deliberately hurtful
- Repeated, often over a period of time
- Difficult to defend against
Bullying can include:
|Type of bullying
||Definition / example
||Being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting
||Hitting, kicking, pushing, taking belongings, any use of violence
(against people with protected characteristics)
● race, religion, faith and belief and those without faith
● ethnicity, nationality or culture
● special educational needs or disability (SEND)
● Sexual orientation (homophobic, biphobic)
● gender, including transphobic bullying
Could include: taunts, graffiti, gestures
||Explicit sexual remarks, display of sexual material, sexual gestures, unwanted physical attention, comments about sexual reputation or performance, inappropriate touching
||Name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing
||Bullying that takes place online, such as through social networking sites, messaging apps or gaming sites