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What is bullying

At Edward Pauling Primary School we all agree that bullying is:


  • something that happens over and over;
  • it is fighting;
  • hurting other peoples’ feelings;
  • pushing people around;
  • when you hurt people;
  • forcing someone to do something that they don’t want to do;
  • calling someone names;
  • picking on someone;
  • being nasty;
  • something that happens more than once;
  • when someone hurts you every day;
  • getting other people to join in to hurt someone;
  • something that can happen in lots of different places – in the playground, at the school gates, the park, the toilets, at home;
  • bullies can beat people up;
  • bullies tease people;
  • threatening behaviour;
  • name calling;
  • hitting;
  • fighting – punching;
  • upsetting – being horrible;
  • teasing;
  • leaving some one out;
  • Cyber or digital bullying.



Bullying and why it happens:

The reasons why bullying happens:


  • Bullies bully because they have something going on in their life and they blame it on other people
  • They bully you because they want something from you
  • They bully because they are upset
  • This can happen in the playground, and outside the school
  • Pushing people around
  • Makes me feel sad and angry
  • Sometimes it happens when someone is angry
  • Punching (physical)
  • Name calling (verbal)
  • Bullies are selfish
  • Could be over the Internet/ MSN
  • Could be through the phone
  • Jealousy
  • They don’t like you


What can you do about bullying?


  • Tell the teacher and/or your parents
  • Listen to each other- talk to a friend
  • Ignore the bully, go and tell an adult in school
  • If you’re getting bullied, you should tell a grown up at school and they could help and sort it out
  • If it was your friend, you should support them and report it immediately
  • Tell the person’s mum or dad
  • If it’s outside the school and it’s really bad then you should tell the police
  • Tell the bully to stop it


Why is it Important to Respond to Bullying?

Bullying hurts.  No one deserves to be a victim of bullying.  Everybody has the right to be treated with respect.  Pupils who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.


The pupils of Edward Pauling Primary School are committed to making this school a safe and welcoming place where children can be happy, free from bullying.


Bullying hurts.  No one deserves to be a victim of bullying.  Everybody has the right to be treated with respect.  Pupils who are bullying need to learn different ways of behaving.


Bullying can include physical, emotional and verbal abuse.


Physical abuse means hurting someone by hitting, pushing, tripping them or making their body feel pain in any other way.


Emotional abuse can include not letting someone play or tormenting them- it means making someone feel terrible.


Verbal abuse includes name-calling and insults- it means hurting someone through words.


Cyber bullying is bullying that involves the internet or mobile phones, including texts or phone calls. This is also unacceptable.


At Edward Pauling Primary School we are committed to:


  • Treating others as we would like to be treated;
  • providing a safe and welcoming place where children can be happy, free from bullying;
  • Telling teachers or parents if we are being bullied;
  • Telling teachers as soon as we know that bullying is happening to others because staying silent encourages bullying;
  • Supporting victims of bullying by ensuring that they tell a teacher or parent and involving them in play.



Summary of anti bullying discussions with pupils at Edward Pauling Primary School:


The pupils all know that any behaviour that is threatening or hurting another person is bullying

All pupils know that if they are being bullied or know/suspect that someone is being bullied they need to inform an adult, whether it is a teacher or a parent etc immediately.


The pupils at Edward Pauling Primary School are receptive to the notion of assessing the severity of the bullying incident – from an initial mild response of ignoring it, to informing an adult to (in the most severe cases) contacting the police.


Our pupils understand and agree that encouraging or even ignoring bullying contributes to it, thus agreeing that it is important to always be inclusive and if you think that a fellow classmate etc is being deliberately excluded then to make sure that you make a conscious effort to include them.


Furthermore the pupils know the importance of ‘standing up’ to the bully, demonstrating that a complete lack of tolerance or support for bullying is a powerful tool in itself when tackling issues of bullying.


To summarise the pupils know that to deal with incidents of bullying they:


Don’t ignore bullying – always report it to an adult.


Bullying is unwelcome in the school.


Bullying is something that takes place more than once, it is repeated aggressive /threatening behaviour that is intended to hurt or harm.



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