Proud to be BIG Award achievers.
The Big Award is an award for excellence in bullying intervention. To achieve this award we had to meet externally agreed criteria and be able to demonstrate that we are working to agreed standards and ensuring that every child is enabled to fulfil their educational potential and enjoy their community activities, without fear of being bullied. The award is recognised nationally by Childline, Anti Bullying Alliance, Anti Bullying Words, CEOP and Each Education.
Val McFarlane, Director of the Bullying Intervention Group, commented:
"Stoke Lodge Primary School take bullying very seriously. Although they do not have a problem with bullying, they ensure that they have excellent systems in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all their pupils. They involve the children and parents/carers in all aspects of their anti bullying work and also have an up to date, effective, anti bullying policy. I am delighted that they have now achieved the BIG Award for excellence in challenging behaviour."
At Stoke Lodge Primary School we believe that all children should feel safe and happy. Under the United Nations Conventions on the rights of the Child, all children have the right to feel protected from physical, emotional and mental harm. Our anti-bullying policy should be read in connection with our behaviour policy. We do not tolerate any kind of bullying and all incidents are dealt with. We acknowledge that bullying can and does happen from time to time and anti bullying is a topic that is taught to our children during assemblies and PSHE lessons.
What is bullying?
Bullying can be defined as any hurtful behaviour, usually but not exclusively repeated over a period of time, which intentionally hurts another pupil or group physically or emotionally. Examples of unacceptable bullying behaviour are; physical, verbal, cyberbullying. Within school we pay particular attention to racial harassment and racist bullying, sexual bullying, the use of homophobic language, bullying of pupils with special needs, health conditions, appearance, home circumstance or disabilities.
Bullying is not-
The odd occasion of falling out with friends, name calling or when the occasional trick or joke is played on someone. Children sometimes say or do things because they are upset. When occasional problems of this arise, although not kind, it is not classed as bullying. It is an important part of children's development to learn how to deal with friendship breakdowns or a childish prank. We all have to learn how to deal with these situations and how to repair relationships.
Indications of bullying-
If a child cannot verbally tell us they are being bullied they may show different signs of behaviour. Adults should be aware of these signs; Is frightened of walking to and from school, becomes withdrawn, anxious or lacking in confidence, feels ill in the mornings, begins to under perform at school, is frightened to say what's wrong. This is not a definitive list and these behaviour could indicate other issues, however, bullying should be considered.
What can you do-
If you know of someone that is being bullied or see someone being bullied, report it to a member of staff straight away. This can be a member of the office team, class teacher/teaching assistant or our anti-bullying co-ordinator, Mrs Bruford. We also have a red box in our dedicated anti bullying section of the school corridor where children can post their name and class. The box is checked weekly and any names are discreetly given to the class teacher and anti-bullying co-ordinator to investigate.
Strategies in school for the prevention and reduction of bullying-
Whole school initiatives and proactive teaching strategies will be used throughout the school to develop a positive learning environment with the aim of reducing the opportunities for bullying to occur. These include; high profile anti bullying events throughout the year, class rules, raising awareness through PSHE lessons and assemblies, Playtime Buddies, School Council, Buddy benches in both KS1 and KS2 play grounds, guest speakers to classes and whole school assemblies, newsletters and involving parents and the wider community.
We can now finally reveal the winner of our 'Design a Flag' competition that we held in November. Unfortunately there was a delay with the printing but we now have the Flag and it is flying high at the front of school. Well done to Pearl in Ghana class whose design was chosen by Mr Clark and the Governors. Pearl was awarded with a certificate and her very own identical flag to keep.
Well done Pearl!
We had a massive response to our poster competition for Internet Safety Day and all of the posters were brilliant. They will all be displayed on our cyber bullying board in the main corridor. The winner was Danielle in Egypt class whose design incorporated being safe online and cyber bullying. Danielle was presented with a medal and a certificate and the other children will all receive a certificate for taking part.
Erin in Egypt class designed the below poster which is going to be displayed in all classes from 7th February.
Some useful links for staying safe online -
www.thinkyouknow.co.uk Produced by CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre). Contains internet safety advice for parents, pupils and teachers.
www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/curations/stay-safe CBBC Stay safe hints and tips.
www.stopcyberbullying.org Hints and tips at staying safe online. Different categories for different age groups.
www.net-aware.org.uk Explains many popular sites that children use.
www.kidsmart.org.uk An award winning internet safety programme for children.
www.nspcc.org.uk/children-safe A joint programme between the NSPCC and vodafone
Some useful like for anti-bullying-
Please use these link to see our Anti Bullying newsletters
/docs/term2_2016-2017.pdf Term 2
KS2 Children, don't forget to use our Buddy Bench at lunchtimes if you need a friend.
One of our Playtimes Buddies will play with and look after you!
Time to give children the power to take care of their own lives.
Children are being left to roam the digital world without proper guidance - that is the finding of a report from the Children's Commissioner. The Growing up Digital report follows a year long investigation into children's digital privacy and shines a light on the unfathomable social media terms and conditions which children are routinely signing up to, but not understanding.
Our BIG Award which we are very proud of.
This board is dedicated to Staying Safe on Line. We have lots of helpful hints and tips for the children as
well as some of their work; posters and poems.