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In accordance with the requirements of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and the code
of behaviour guidelines issued by the NEB, the Board of Management of St Teresa’s
school has adopted the following anti-bullying policy within the framework of the
school’s overall code of behaviour. This policy fully complies with the requirements of the
Anti- bullying Procedures for Primary and Post–Primary schools which were published in
2. Key Principles
The Board of Management of St Teresa’s school recognises the very serious nature of bullying and the negative impact that it can have on the lives of pupils and is therefore fully committed to the following principles of best practice in preventing and tackling bullying behaviour:
A positive school culture and climate which:Is welcoming of difference and diversity and is based on inclusivity;
-Encourages respect, trust, care, consideration and support of others across the
whole school community.
-Encourages pupils to disclose and discuss incidents of bullying behaviour in an
All those in leadership roles in the school should strive to engender an ethos under which bullying is unacceptable;
A School-wide Approach
-Involving school management, staff, parents and pupils to dealing with the problem of bullying behaviour is a key element of effective practice
-A shared understanding of what bullying is and its impact
-Implementation of education and prevention strategies (including awareness-raising
-that build empathy, respect and resilience in pupils
-that explicitly address the issues of cyber bullying and identity based bullying including homophobic and trans-phobic bullying.
-Effective supervision and monitoring of pupils
-Good supervision and monitoring systems of pupils facilitates early intervention
Supports for staff
-Should enable staff to recognise bullying, implement effective strategies for preventing bullying and intervene effectively in bullying cases;
-Temporary and substitute staff should be made aware of the school’s code of behaviour and its anti-bullying policy
-Staff should be encouraged and facilitated to attend continuous professional development in addressing bullying when available.
Consistent recording, investigating and follow up of bullying behaviour including use of
established intervention strategies)
On- going evaluation of the effectiveness of the anti-bullying policy
3. Definition of Bullying
In accordance with the Anti-bullying Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools
bullying is defined as follows:
Bullying is unwanted negative behaviour, verbal, psychological or physical conducted by
an individual or group against another person (or persons) and which is repeated over
Deliberate exclusion, malicious gossip and other related forms of bullying
Identity based bullying such as homophobic bullying, racist bullying, bullying
based on a person’s membership of the travelling community and bullying of
those with disabilities or special educational needs.
Isolated or once-off incidents of intentional negative behaviour, including a once
off offensive or hurtful text message or other private messaging, do not fall
within the definition of bullying and should be dealt with , as appropriate in
accordance with the school’s code of behaviour.
However, in the context of this policy, placing a once-off offensive or hurtful public
message, image or statement on a social network site or other public forum where the
message, image or statement can be viewed and/or repeated by other people will be
regarded as bullying behaviour.
Negative behaviour that does not meet this definition will be dealt with in accordance
with the school’s Code of Behaviour
4. Who will deal with accusations of bullying:
As with all instances of misbehaviour in school, if there is an accusation of bullying in
school, the class teacher or the teacher on yard, (if the incident occurs on yard) will
investigate and deal with the incident in the first instance. The teacher on the yard will
discuss the incident with the child (ren’s) class teacher. The deputy principal is then
informed of the incident and the sanctions imposed.
If there is an acceptance that the behaviour constituted bullying, or the behaviour is
repeated, the matter is brought to the attention of the principal.
5. The Education and Education Strategies (including strategies specifically aimed at cyber-bullying and identity based bullying including in particular, homophobic and transphobic bullying) that will be used in the school are:
The promotion of a school ethos that is welcoming of difference and diversity.
The promotion of pupils’ self-esteem.
During the month of September, all classes will cover the SPHE (Social. Personal
and Health Education) lessons which deal with healthy relationships and antibullying.
These lessons are in the Stay Safe, the RSE (Relationships and Sexuality
Education) and The Walk Tall programmes.
Using gay or any other gender identity title as derogatory terms are against the
ethos of the school.
The display of class rules based on General School Rules as per the school’s Code
of Behaviour which are decided upon through discussion and collaboration with
Ensure that pupils are supervised at all times accessing the internet in school.
Affirm pupils who report incidents of bullying that they have witnessed.
The following web sites: bullying –www.webwise.ie which teaches the correct use
of social media /www.teachertube.com/
SALT Conflict Resolution Programme
The use of the Yard Book by teachers which records on a daily basis any
misdemeanours occurring in the yard during break-times.
Display of posters in classrooms and around the school building with key antibullying
Regular use of Whole School Assembly to highlight key messages around anti-ibullying.
6. The school’s procedures for investigation, follow-up and recording of bullying
behaviour and the established intervention strategies used by the school for dealing
with cases of bullying behaviour are as follows:
Once a parent or pupil reports an allegation of bullying behaviour or a member of staff
observes the behaviour, the school will put the following procedures into action.
1. The class teacher will investigate the allegation to verify what has
happened and whether bullying did occur. (If it transpires that the
behaviour does not come under the definition of bullying, then the
sanctions of the school’s Code of Behaviour will apply.) The primary aim for
the relevant teacher investigating and dealing with the allegation of bullying
is to resolve any issues and try and restore, as far as practicable, the
relationships of the parties involved (rather than to apportion blame).
2. In investigating and dealing with bullying, the teacher will exercise his/her
professional judgement to determine whether bullying has occurred and
how the situation might be resolved.
3. The principal will be informed of the allegation of bullying.
4. The class teacher will talk to the alleged perpetrator/s to give them an
opportunity to give their side of the story.
5. The class teacher will talk to any witnesses to the bullying behaviour.
6. All investigations will be conducted in private.
7. A written record of what happened clarifying the ‘who, where, when and
how’ of the incident will be noted and recorded by the class teacher on a
Bullying Report Form (Appendix 1) in a specific folder. This record will also
include the disciplinary measures taken. A copy of the Bullying Report Form
with a note that parents have been informed will be sent to the office to be
stored centrally. This folder will be passed on to the next class teacher.
8. The class teacher will request a meeting with the parents/guardians of the
two parties involved (separately). The purpose of the meeting is (a) to
inform parents /guardians of the problem, (b) explain the actions being
taken and (c) the reasons for them. Their assistance will be sought in
preventing a repeat of the behaviour.
9. It must also be made clear to all involved (each set of pupils and parents)
that in any situation where disciplinary sanctions are required, this is a
private matter between the pupils being disciplined, his or her parents and
10. The perpetrator will receive an appropriate sanction in line with the
sanctions listed in our school’s code of behaviour and be expected to make
11. The class teacher will use conflict resolution approaches such as those in the
SALT Conflict Resolution programme.
12. The school may seek assistance from outside agencies if necessary,
including the National Educational Psychological Service, HSE, Mater CAHMS
and the Gardaí.
13. The class teacher will record the allegation of bullying behaviour in the
standard Template for Recording Bullying Behaviour if there is no resolution
after 20 school days. (Appendix 2) A copy of this must be supplied to the
Principal and the Deputy Principal as soon as possible.
14. The principal, class teacher and the deputy principal will monitor the
situation and see how the pupils are interacting.
15. The Principal will provide a report to the Board of Management, at least
once per term, which sets out the overall number of bullying cases reported
(by means of the standard Bullying Recording Template in Appendix 3 Anti-
Bullying Procedures for Primary and Post Primary schools 2013) to the
Board of Management since the previous report to the Board of
Management. The Principal will also confirm that all cases have been or are
been dealt with in accordance with the school’s anti –bullying policy.
7. The school’s programme of support for working with pupils affected by bullying
discussing the incidents with the pupils
reassuring them that they were right to bring the events to the attention of staff
reassuring them that they were not telling tales
telling them that their actions will help others
arranging counselling for some pupils
organising activities to increase self-esteem, friendships and social skills to build
resilience in the affected pupils.
8. Supervision and monitoring of pupils
The Board of Management confirms that appropriate supervision and monitoring
policies and practices are in place to both prevent and deal with bullying behaviour
and to facilitate early intervention where possible.
9. Prevention of Harassment
The Board of Management confirms that the school will, in accordance with its
obligations under equality legislation, take all such steps that are reasonably practicable
to prevent the sexual harassment of pupils or staff or the harassment of pupils or staff
on any of the nine grounds specified i.e. gender including transgender, civil status, family
status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race and membership of the Traveller
10. This policy was adopted by the Board of Management on 13th May 2014
11. This policy has been made available to school personnel, published on the school
website and provide to the Parents’ Association. A copy of this policy will be made
available to the Department and the patron if requested.
12. This policy and its implementation will be reviewed by the Board of Management once
in every school year. Written notification that the review has been completed will be
made available to school personnel, published on the school website and provided to
the Parents’ Association. A record of the review and its outcome will be available, if
requested, to the patron and the Department.
(Chairperson of Board of Management) (Principal)
Date of next review: September 2016
Appendix 1 Bullying Report Form
St. Teresa’s Primary School
BULLYING REPORT FORM (BRF 1)
Date of Report: _____________________
Name(s) of pupil(s) bullying others:
Name(s) of pupil(s) who are victims of bullying:
Notes of incident(s):
Parents/Guardians have been informed by class teacher
Copy of report supplied to Deputy Principal
Copy of Report supplied to Principal
Signature of Teacher:_____________________________________________
Appendix 2 Template for Recording Bullying Behaviour
1. Name of pupil being bullied and class group
2. Name(s) and class(es) of pupil(s) engaged in bullying behaviour
3. Source of bullying concern/report
(tick relevant box(es))*
4. Location of incidents (tick
Pupil concerned Playground
Other Pupil Classroom
Other School Bus
5. Name of person(s) who reported the bullying concern
6. Type of Bullying Behaviour (tick relevant box(es)) *
Physical Aggression Cyber-bullying
Damage to Property Intimidation
Isolation/Exclusion Malicious Gossip
Name Calling Other (specify)
7. Where behaviour is regarded as identity-based bullying, indicate the relevant category:
Racist Membership of
8. Brief Description of bullying behaviour and its impact
9. Details of actions taken
Signed ______________________________ (Relevant Teacher) Date ___________________________
Date submitted to Principal/Deputy Principal ___________________