Bullying is an act of aggression causing embarrassment, pain or discomfort to someone. It can take a number of forms: physical, verbal, making gestures, extortion and exclusion. It is an abuse of power. It can be planned and organised, or it may be unintentional. It may be perpetrated by individuals or by groups of pupils.

The Vision of Laghey Primary School

This school is completely opposed to bullying and will not tolerate it.

It is entirely contrary to the values and principles we work and live by. All members of the school community have the right to work in a secure and caring environment. They also have the responsibility to contribute, in whatever way they can, to the protection and maintenance of such an environment.

The Responsibilities of Staff

Our staff will:

  • Foster in our pupils self-esteem, self-respect and respect for others.
  • Demonstrate by example the high standards of personal and social behaviour we expect of our pupils.
  • Discuss bullying with all classes, so that every pupil learns about the damage it causes to both the child who is bullied and the bully, and the importance of telling a teacher about bullying when it happens.
  • Be alert to signs of distress and any other possible indications of bullying.
  • Listen to children who have been bullies, take what they say seriously and act to support and protect them.
  • Report suspected cases of bullying to class teacher and principal.
  • Follow up any complaints by a parent about bullying promptly and effectively, in accordance with agreed procedures.

The Responsibilities of Pupils

TELL! TELL! TELL!  Not telling protects the bully or bullies, and gives them the message that they can continue, perhaps bullying others too.

We expect Laghey Primary School pupils to:

  • Refrain from becoming involved in any kind of bullying, even at the risk of incurring temporary unpopularity.
  • Report to a member of staff any witnessed or suspected instances of bullying, to dispel any climate of secrecy and help to prevent further instances.

Anyone who becomes the target of bullies should not suffer in silence, but have the courage to speak out. This will help put and end to their own suffering and that of other potential targets.

The Responsibilities of Parents

We ask our parents to support their children and the school by:

  • Watching out for signs of distress or unusual behaviour in their children, which may be evidence of bullying.
  • Advising their children to report any bullying to their class teacher or any member of staff.
  • Advising their children not to retaliate violently to any form of bullying.
  • Being sympathetic and supportive towards their children and reassuring them that appropriate action will be taken.
  • Informing the school of any suspected bullying, even if their children are not involved.
  • Co-operating with the school if their child is accused of bullying and work with the school to try and ascertain the truth.
  • Pointing out to their children the implications of bullying, both for the children who are bullied and for the bullies themselves.

Everyone, staff, pupils & parents, should work together to prevent bullying taking place, making Laghey Primary School a safe and happy place for all !