Over and Above Expectations
Our teachers and teaching assistants make a special effort to establish very good working relationships with all children in the class. All of our staff follow the school policy with regard to behaviour and classroom management and help to build positive attitudes towards school and learning. We insist on excellent behaviour at all times. We understand that some children may present inappropriate or challenging behaviour at times or simply make mistakes. We follow the guidelines as outlined in our school behaviour policy, that can be found on our policy download page. We aim to use a restorative approach to behaviour.
Bullying may be seen as deliberate, hurtful behaviour, usually repeated over a period of time, often where it is difficult for those bullied to defend themselves.
Bullying will not be tolerated in our school.
St. Katharine’s are taking part in the All Together project which is endorsed by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. All Together is innovative anti-bullying whole school programme. It helps schools understand their anti-bullying practice and breaks it down into manageable chunks. It gives schools the tools to make long-lasting change.Through this project we are continuing to develop our prevention strategies many of which are embedded into the ethos and practices of our school. We have also identified our most vulnerable pupils and have further support in place to ensure that they continue to flourish and are not at risk of bullying behaviour.
Assemblies and worship
PSHE (personal, social, health and citizenship), circle time
Trick Box and Trick Box mentors
All Together Ambassadors
Family Support Worker and ELSA sessions (Emotional Literacy Support)
Anti-bullying week and e-safety week
STOP – ‘several times on purpose’ and ‘start telling other people’
Learning about our core values: ‘Grace, Integrity, Aspiration’
Types of Bullying
Children need to know that all kinds of bullying are wrong because they affect the rights of others (for example, the right to be safe, to be treated fairly and to enjoy school). We encourage pupils to tell an adult as soon as bullying takes place - this could be a teacher, lunchtime supervisor or teaching assistant.
It is important to recognise that bullying may take the form of:
Physical abuse – hitting, kicking, pinching, hair pulling etc.
Verbal abuse – teasing, name calling, sarcasm, threats, racist or sexist comments
Emotional abuse – ridicule, tormenting, ignoring or humiliation
Cyber Bullying - the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person.
Reporting Bullying Incidents
Children and parents are encouraged to report any incidents of concern to the classteacher as soon as possible.
Parent queries at any point should first be addressed to the class teacher, then to the assistant headteacher, and if matters continue to be unresolved, to the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher – this is important because the classteacher knows the children best and will be able to speak to all children concerned and determine the type of incident and whether it is bullying or another type of behaviour incident.
Please see our school Behaviour Policy for further details.
The Safeguarding section of our school website also has advice for parents if they are worried about bullying.