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The first piece of work we decided on was to gauge the children’s own thoughts on bullying.  We wanted to know how much they understood about bullying and what their concerns were.  This will help us to shape the prevention strategies of our Anti-Bullying Policy. 

During Autumn One, all children in KS2 took part in a tailored survey.  KS1 children participated in Circle Time activities where their opinions could be sought and recorded.

The survey said:

Many children felt they had been bullied in the previous year.  However, only 38% of children were able to give an accurate definition of bullying. 

What we are doing:

  • We are taking time initially to ensure that all members of the Carlton community are aware of the definition of bullying.
  • DfE definition - "Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally."
  • In Autumn Two we will be revisiting the S.T.O.P. acronym as a very visual reminder of what bullying is.  Children will hopefully then have a clear definition that bullying is Several Times On Purpose and that often playground or classroom fallouts are just that and don’t fall into the category of bullying.
  • Anti-bullying Week (16th – 20th November) will also give us opportunity to discuss and reason about what constitutes bullying at Carlton Primary.  Each class will be planning their own activities appropriate to the age of the children.

The survey said:

30% of children thought that if bullying was going to happen at Carlton Primary they thought lunchtimes could be a target time.

What we are doing:

  • We have already worked alongside the Lunchtime Supervisors to develop systems and structures which direct the flow of children around school at lunchtime.  This allows the lunchtime staff time to focus on the supervision of our children in a more controlled and responsive manner.
  • The Lunchtime Supervisors will meet with Mrs Clark on a weekly basis.  If there are any specific issues between children then this can be communicated and monitored.

The survey said:

The majority of the children (71%) said that the playground could be a key area for bullying.  There were some small differences between the phases; Upper Key Stage Two identified their toilets as a place where bullying could happen.

What we are doing:

  • The School Council will be auditing the school site at lunchtimes to see if they can identify any further ‘hotspots’.  Actions can then be taken to eliminate any risk and our children can feel safer.
  • The changes in lunchtime structure could mean that children will be limited to using specific toilets.  This will ensure that they can be adequately monitored during unstructured parts of the day.