At Shireland Technology Primary we have zero tolerance towards bullying; it is of the highest importance that our children are provided with a supportive and caring learning environment so that their education is not hindered by the fear of being bullied or harassed. By definition, bullying is the use of aggression with the intention of hurting another person. Bullying is usually persistent and can take many forms:
Emotional: Being unfriendly, excluding from peer groups, and tormenting i.e. hiding possessions.
Physical: Pushing, kicking, hitting, other kinds of violence.
Racist: Racial taunts, graffiti, gestures, name calling.
Sexual: Sexual harassment (unwanted physical contact), sexual abuse/demeaning comments.
Homophobic: Because of or focusing on the issue of sexuality.
Verbal: Name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, teasing, threatening, intimidating.
Non-Verbal: Staring someone out, laughing at someone as a group.
Cyber: All inappropriate use of the internet or other forms of communication technology i.e. phones to send threatening messages, spread rumours, name call etc.
We encourage any act of bullying to be reported immediately; any reports received by a member of staff will be dealt with swiftly and accordingly, following the school procedures.