By the end of the last academic year we managed to reduce bullying incidents by 42.10%

At All Saints’ Catholic Voluntary Academy we strive to create a happy, comfortable and supportive Christian environment for all associated with the school. We would expect pupils to feel safe in school, including that they understand the issues relating to safety, such as bullying and that they feel confident to seek support from school and home.

Bullying, in whatever form, is an attempt to prevent another from benefiting as fully from, and sharing as fully in, the spiritual, physical, social, moral and educational processes which go to make up what we value at All Saints' Academy. This form of behaviour is one we take very seriously and aim to improve on year by year by consulting the Governors, staff, parents/carers, the student council and pupils.

It has been recognised that the investment in pupils’ health allows for benefits to academic achievement. Our new anti-bullying policies have been implemented and monitored to not only support the pupils but have also been recognised by OFSTED and the Local Authority.
Definition of bullying

  • There is a deliberate intention to hurt or humiliate an individual or group.
  • There is a power imbalance that makes it hard for the victim to defend themselves.
  • In almost all cases, it is usually persistent.

Occasionally an incident may be deemed to be bullying even if the behaviour has not been repeated or persistent
– if it fulfils all other descriptions of bullying. This possibility should be considered, particularly in cases of sexual, sexist, and racist bullying and when children with disabilities are involved. If the victim might be in danger then intervention is urgently required.

What does bullying look like?  

Bullying can include:

  • Name calling
  • Taunting
  • Mocking
  • Making offensive comments
  • Physical assault/s
  • Taking or damaging belongings
  • Cyber bullying - inappropriate text messaging and emailing; sending offensive or degrading images by phone or via the internet
  • Producing offensive graffiti
  • Gossiping and spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours
  • Excluding people from groups.

Although bullying can occur between individuals it can often take place in the presence (virtually or physically) of others who become the ‘bystanders’.

h
The Facts -national statistics
■Girls are twice as likely to experience persistent cyber bullying
than boys.
■38% of young people have been affected by cyber bullying.
■Abusive emails (26%) and text messages (24%) are the most common methods of cyber bullying.
■35% of children aged 5-15 years old who use the Internet at home have an active social networking site profile. This breaks down by age as: 1% of 5-7 year olds, 18% of 8-11 year olds and 67% of
12-15 year olds.
■In 2013, 12-15 year olds spent as much time using the internet as watching television.
■12-15 year olds have an average of 272 social networking friends.
■In 2013, 43% of parents whose children used the Internet at home had parental controls installed on the PC/laptop/netbook.
h

The Facts -national statistics
■Girls are twice as likely to experience persistent cyber bullying than boys.
■38% of young people have been affected by cyber bullying.
■Abusive emails (26%) and text messages (24%) are the most common methods of cyber bullying.
■35% of children aged 5-15 years old who use the Internet at home have an active social networking site profile. This breaks down by age as: 1% of 5-7 year olds, 18% of 8-11 year olds and 67% of 12-15 year olds.
■In 2013, 12-15 year olds spent as much time using the internet as watching television.
■12-15 year olds have an average of 272 social networking friends.
■In 2013, 43% of parents whose children used the Internet at home had parental controls installed on the PC/laptop/netbook.

All Saints’ Anti-Bullying Initiatives 2015 - 2016

Anti Bullying Officer
This year each form will have an anti-bullying officer. The anti-bullying officer is a sixth form mentor specifically selected for the role and trained to support students and deal with bullying issues. They will deliver mentoring and anti bullying exercises to affected pupils in form time. The officer will be a visual presence around the school and support pupils within their form.

   
   

Anti Bullying Mailbox
This year we welcome back the Anti Bullying post box. The post box is situated on the Modern Foreign Languages floor. If a pupil does not feel they can verbalise their concern they can complete a brief form next to the post box which details their name form and incident and a member of the pastoral team will collect the form and investigate the issue. 

Anti Bullying school email address.
This year we are trialling an anti-bullying email address. If pupils feel they are unable to talk to someone about an issue they may use the email system to report the issue and the school will investigate the issue further.
The email address is: antibullying@allsaints.notts.sch.uk

Anti-Bullying week
Anti-Bullying week ran from 16 - 20 November 2015. Assemblies took place for all houses and the school Mass that week was dedicated to supporting all students combined with an anti bullying theme.

Pupil Voice
Throughout this year we will be conducting pupil voice surveys. Pupils will have the opportunity to complete a questionnaire which will be analysed to ensure the success of the communication of the anti-bullying strategy within All Saints.

Anti-Bullying PSHE
Throughout this year, a variety of PSHE activities are planned. Sessions will include focuses on anti-bullying, cyber bullying, e safety and a girls’ workshop on self esteem friendship and cyber safety.

Parent Clinics
Parent clinics for each year group will be held on parents’ evening. The session is designed to help parents with any queries and focus on positive steps for improvement.  All parents with concerns are welcome to attend this session and letters will be sent prior to the evening. This proved to be a very successful initiative last year in resolving all anti- bullying issues.

Anti-Bullying Competition
Anti-Bullying Competition Winners
In this years anti-bullying competition students were given the challenge to produce either a poster, video, music, pledge, poem or be creative in any other way they could think of. The students were asked to express their feelings towards bullying and what we as a school do in order to prevent it from happening.
The entries we have had are excellent with the best three designs going to:
First place: F-JSY
Second place: F-LES
Third place: V-JGA

Special mention also goes to:
F-EVD
I-JCO
F-DHS

Congratulations to you all.


E Safety
All Saints’ Catholic Academy is committed to promoting online safety to students and their families. The Internet is a great place to connect with people, be creative and discover new things. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has an important role to play in the lives of young people and as ICT is being used more frequently, it is important to raise the issue of E-safety and promote safe and responsible usage of ICT in schools and at home. E-Safety is a national issue and we all must aim to ensure that the Internet is used in a safe manner. In addition to this, being aware of privacy settings, filters and safe usage of social networking sites will enable young people to feel protected online. We have produced this basic guide to internet safety. Please bear in mind that the online environment is changing all the time and so it’s recommended that you follow up the advice here with your own research.  

Social Networking:
Social networking sites such as Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter continue to grow in terms of its popularity especially with children. Check your child’s privacy settings on Facebook and other social networking sites. Ensure only their ‘friends’ can see their full profile. Remember that the recommended age for Facebook is 13. 

Top Tips for Parents and Carers
1. It’s recommended that you have your computer or laptop in a family room, where it is easier to monitor what young people are accessing online.
2. Consider downloading filtering software which will help protect children from finding undesirable websites. You can find a lot of free filtering software online and also use your web browser’s controls to enable security on different websites.
3. Inform children not to share their personal information online.
4. Remember – it doesn’t matter if you have your computer in a family room if your child can access the internet via their mobile phone. Consider the implications of this.

5. Create a "code of conduct" policy where young people are involved in creating rules which must be abided by when using the Internet at home.
6. Be online together! Browsing the Internet with your child and being involved in their ‘online world’ will promote online safety.
7. Talk to your child about online safety. Even if you’re a ‘techno-phobe’, don’t be afraid to challenge your child just because they are a whizz on the computer and you’re not.

Top Tips for Pupils
1. Do not post any personal information online including your phone number, address, passwords or your school.
2. SPEAK UP! If you viewed something online that made you anxious, unsafe or uncomfortable, please speak to an adult that you trust.
3. If you do not know someone, why are they "your online friend" or "follower"?
4. Privacy settings should always be kept to a maximum. Use the search engines on social networking websites to find out how to do this.
5. Think carefully when "posting" or "sharing" a photo online. Remember, once a photo is posted online, people will be able to share or download the photo.

Cyber Bullying

Cyber Bullying can take many forms including:

  • Threats or name calling on social networking sites
  • Persistent ‘cyber-stalking’ – barraging someone with messages
  • Putting up doctored or deliberately unflattering photos online
  • Persistently excluding someone from online groups

    Click on the Safebook image to enlarge.
fb

Tips in the circumstance of cyberbullying

1. Keep a record of cyber-bulling – print screen grabs, cut and paste conversations, save abusive text messages. Collating evidence is very important. Save it and bring it to school.
2. Encourage your child to consider who their ‘friends’ are on social networking sites.
3. Look for support from specialist organisations such as Childline, Anti Bullying Alliance etc.

Online Abuse
If you or your child suspects that they have been inappropriately contacted by an adult online, you can report this to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. You can also report harmful content, hacking, viruses, cyber bullying, mobile problems and sexual behaviour.
Below are some links to online safety websites that will help students and parents to stay safe whilst getting the most from the new digital resources that you find online.
Click on the links below to be directed to their websites:

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/11_16/
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Parents/Yourchildshealthandsafety/Internetsafety/index.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe

Filtering software
K9 Web Protection
http://www1.k9webprotection.com/
Software listed on this site is not endorsed by All Saints, and you use or install it entirely at your own risk.

 What to do if you are being bullied

Tell someone. Below are the points you may wish to report a bullying incident.

  • Tutor
  • Assistant Tutor
  • Head of House
  • House Achievement coordinator
  • Parent
  • Anti-Bullying Mail box
  • E mail address
  • Anti-bullying officer
  • Behaviour Coordinator- Mrs Mercer
e

If you have any further questions relating to E-Safety, cyber bullying or anti-bullying then please speak to your child’s Head of House in school and we will be happy to help.


Anti-Bullying 2016-17

Parent Clinics
Parent clinics for each year group will be held on parents’ evening. The session is designed to help parents with any queries and focus on positive steps for improvement.  All parents with concerns are welcome to attend this session. This proved to be a very successful initiative last year in resolving all anti- bullying issues. The clinic will take place at 3.35pm-4.30pm in R1 on the below dates.

Y11 -11th January 2017

Y7 -22nd February 2017

Y10 -14th March 2017

Y8 -20th April 2017

Y9 -17th May 2017