Every school must encourage good behaviour and prevent all forms of bullying amongst pupils.
Anti-bullying policies and procedures preventing and tackling bullying
There are a number of statutory obligations on schools with regard to behaviour which establish clear responsibilities to respond to bullying. Every school must have measures to encourage good behaviour and prevent all forms of bullying amongst pupils.
This Department for Education document below, Preventing and Tackling Bullying outlines the government's approach to bullying, legal obligations and the powers schools have to tackle bullying. It also sets out the principles which underpin the most effective anti-bullying strategies in schools:
The Doncaster Children and Young People's Anti-Bullying Charter Mark
The Doncaster Children and Young Peoples Anti-Bullying Charter Mark was launched in July 2013.
Developed with young people for young people the peer review process puts children and young people in the driving seat to gather evidence and apply for a medal which reflects where they believe where the school is at in relation to supporting anti-bullying practice. This can also support Diana Awards applications where young people can gain acknowledgement for their contributions towards anti-bullying.
For more information contact:
Auditing your school's Anti-Bullying Policy and Practice
The anti-bullying alliance provides a useful tool kit for schools and resources.
Doncaster LA Stonewall Champions' Programme - Challenging Homophobic, Biphobic, Transphobic and Enbyphobic Language in Doncaster Schools
Stonewall's School Champions programme provides bespoke support and guidance to local authorities in tackling LGBTQ bullying in their local schools:
As part of the Education Champions programme, Doncaster LA continues to strive to address LGBTQ bullying and promote a safe and inclusive learning environment for all young people.
Ofsted inspections are focusing more on behaviour. Under the new inspection framework, there are just four judgements, one of which is around behaviour and safety. Ofsted inspectors will judge the work schools do around prejudice-based bullying, including LGBTQ bullying.
Schools are reminded to access the:
Preventing and tackling LGBTQ bullying is easier with support. Our Education Champions' programme provides local authorities with the tools to support schools in taking a zero tolerance approach to LGBTQ bullying.
Contact the lead officer for the LA Champions Programme:
Doncaster Pride, our local LGBTQ organisation can work with all secondary schools to support LGBTQ young people.
If you require any more information on training and support available please contact:
National Deaf Children's Society advice
The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) has produced a guide to support school staff in preventing and handling bullying incidents in order to meet the needs of deaf pupils: