Crofton and Anti-bullying
At Crofton School, all learners have a right to learn and all teachers have a right to teach, free from intimidation and fear. As a result, we will not condone or tolerate bullying of any kind. We pride ourselves on providing a safe and caring environment for all of our learners to flourish – all members of the school community (teachers, learners, support staff and governors) are given training on how to spot bullying and how to deal with it when it occurs.
Everyone has a responsibility in ensuring that bullying does not take place and that all reported incidents will always be taken seriously. Support will be provided for bullied learners – they will be listened to and helped with positive strategies to help them cope. Appropriate sanctions and challenge will be put in place to help bullies change their behaviour.
For more details, please refer to our Anti-Bullying policy.
If you suspect that you (or someone you know) is the target of bullying then there are several steps you can take. Please read the relevant sections below.
Step in to protect the learner who is being bullied (unless it is unsafe to do so).
Offer emotional support to the learner being bullied – ask them if they are ok and if there is anything that can be done to support them.
Encourage and support them to report the incident themselves to a parent or member of staff.
Under no circumstances should parents confront suspected bullies or their family members – this never calms a situation down and will often result in the bullying becoming worse for your child.
We have a group of student Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. The Ambassadors have been trained to deal with bullying with a restorative approach. This helps by trying to resolve conflict and prevent harm. Restorative approaches enable those who have been harmed to convey the impact of the harm to those responsible, and for those responsible to acknowledge this impact and take steps to put it right.
The misuse of technology and social media has become an increasingly common form of bullying.
Whilst the government has identified that the school has a responsibility to investigate and act upon reported incidents of bullying (including cyberbullying) it is important to note that we can only sanction learners anywhere that they are “on school premises or under our ‘lawful control’ ”. This means that we cannot sanction learners for any bullying whilst they are under the lawful responsibility of their parents. We can, however, work with the families of the affected learners to ensure that sanctions are put into place by parents, to support the victim and ensure that they are safe at school and, where relevant, ensure that the relevant authorities are contacted.
Where you suspect that cyberbullying has taken place it is important to still inform your child’s tutor (or in their absence their Head of Year) as the bullying may also be taking place in other forms. We can inform you of the best actions to take and whether or not to report the incidents to the relevant authorities.
Advice for parents on cyberbullying is an extremely useful document for parents and provides good advice for how to deal with cyberbullying as well as links to other sites that can help you and your child if they are the target of cyberbullying.
For advice on how to report cyber bullying or abuse on social media please see here:
Pages that identify and shame private individuals,
Images altered to degrade private individuals,
Photos or videos of physical bullying posted to shame the victim,
Sharing personal information to blackmail or harass people and
Repeatedly targeting other people with unwanted friend requests or messages.
If you receive a tweet or reply that you don't like, you can unfollow that person. If they continue to contact you, you can block the user (just click on the head icon on their profile and select block user). You may find that as they are unable to get through to you, they will lose interest. However, if this is not the case and you continue to receive unwanted replies, abuse or threats, you can report it here straight to Twitter directly. If you know a friend or family member is being abused on Twitter, they have advice pages that can help with step by step help.