The Pledge Scheme aims to support Staffordshire schools in their work to build positive relationships and minimise and deal with bullying. The scheme provides a framework and tools for action. Schools are guided through the accreditation process by a supporter from the Educational Psychology Service, Behaviour Support, SENSS or Education Transformation.
Why a further focus on bullying in schools ?
Work to minimise and respond to bullying is already a feature of all Staffordshire schools. The importance of such work is regularly highlighted both in the press and in government guidance. National focus on bullying continues in the advice given by the Department for Education and in the framework for OFSTED inspections. The Staffordshire Healthy Schools programme includes a focus on measures to minimise and address bullying.
But most importantly of all anti-bullying work matters because bullying can have a significant impact on children's emotional health and well-being and on their learning.
What do schools commit themselves to by joining the scheme?
When joining, schools are asked to make the following pledge:
"We are working with staff, pupils and parents to create a school community where bullying is not tolerated.
Our school community subscribes to the national anti-bullying charter:
We discuss, monitor and review our anti-bullying policy on a regular basis. We support staff and pupils to promote positive relationships and to identify and tackle bullying appropriately. We ensure that pupils are aware that all bullying concerns will be dealt with sensitively and effectively;that they feel safe to learn;and that they abide by the school's anti-bullying policy. We ensure that parents / carers who express concern about safety issues have them taken seriously and that we deal promptly with complaints.
We seek to learn from anti-bullying good practice elsewhere and utilise the support of the LA and relevant statutory / voluntary organisations when appropriate.
Collect the views of our pupils and consult all sections of our school community at least every three years. We will keep records of the information collected to help us evaluate the effectiveness of our policy and procedures.
Actively work year on year to minimise and deal with bullying. We will keep a record of the outcomes of this work and communicate it to the school community alongside a summary of the school arrangements for minimising and dealing with bullying." Find out more about what the pledge involves and how to join
To find out more about what other Staffordshire schools have done as part of their Anti Bullying Pledge Scheme work see the 'Good Practice' section of this web site
Or for more information, please contact:
Deb Barnes Phone:01785-277989 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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