Bullying is always treated very seriously at Gorse Covert Primary.
Children will always find times when they might fall out with their friends. These times are a part of life and teach them important social skills around sharing, conflict resolution, being assertive, being honest and handling emotions. It is when these odd occasions become more regular that it can result in distress for a child and an adult is needed to support. More often than not, it can be resolved quickly by teaching children how to respond better to frustrations and about understanding another person’s perspective. In most cases this social education is enough to rectify behaviour and our philosophy is to educate before punishing. If education is not enough and the behaviour continues repeatedly, it could be considered bullying and requires further intervention and consequences.
The school has an Anti-Bullying Policy which can be found on this website under ‘School Policies’.
Below are a few facts about bullying at Gorse Covert.
- Whenever the word ‘bullying’ is used by a parent, child or teacher, the Headteacher will investigate the matter and monitor the case until it is resolved.
- In the last 5 years there have been 33 cases of reported bullying investigated.
- Of these 33 cases, 15 were investigated after the initial report, the children involved talked to and there were no further incidents. The case was closed in less than 1 month.
- A further 5 cases involved no more than 3 incidents before the case was monitored for any further incidents and then closed.
- Only 1 of the 33 cases was closed and then re-opened at a later date.
- Only 1 case was more difficult to resolve and led to a fixed- term exclusion.
- 2 cases also included cyber bullying. The vast majority were ‘friends falling out’.
- We currently only have 2 cases which are being monitored. All others have been resolved and are closed cases.
Anti-bullying is a core part of our general ethos and PSHE curriculum. As a result of this, the number of cases has been reducing each year. In the year 2012-13 we had 13 cases which were investigated. In 2013-14, there were 9 cases. In 2014-15 there were 6 cases. 5 cases in 2015-16 and 2 cases in 2016-17.
If you have any concerns about bullying, please do not hesitate to contact school and we will guarantee your concerns will be addressed.