Nobody like to feel upset about coming to school and through our curriculum we teach children about our expectations of behaviour and what makes us proud to be part of Victoria Road.
Our policies 'Behaviour for Learning and Conduct' and 'Anti-Bullying' have clear guidelines as to how we support children at our school. All of our staff follow these procedures and we also work closely with the Local Authority and other agencies, for children with more complex needs.
If your child is worried or anxious or feel they are being bullied, we do need to hear from you and sooner rather than later. Please try and let your child's class teacher know first but there are many staff who can support in this area. They are:
Miss Hawksley our SENCO
Mrs Wildman our FLO (she is usually in school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)
Mrs Simmons or Mrs Evans - our Key Stage Leaders
Mrs Davis - our Headteacher
Tips to help your child:
- Listen without getting angry or upset and ask your child “How do you want me to take this forward?”
- Reassure your child it’s not their fault. Being bullied isn’t about being weak and being a bully isn’t about being strong. Encourage your child to try to appear confident, even if they don’t feel it.
- Sometimes children say nasty things because they want a certain reaction, so if your child gives them the impression they’re not bothered, the bullies are more likely to stop.
- Never dismiss the experience: if your child has plucked up the courage to tell you about bullying, it’s crushing to be told to “sort it out yourself” or “it’s all part of growing up”. Don’t tell them to ignore it.
- Recognise your feelings – you may feel anger, hurt, guilt, helplessness or fear. Your own memories of being a child may help you empathise and find solutions but they can also get in the way. Think about how you feel before reacting or you may not be able to help as much as you want.
Getting support from us:
- Before you come in list all of the facts: what happened, who was involved, when it occurred, who witnessed it anything your child did that may have provoked the incident, whether it was a one-off or series of events.
- Don’t arrive at the school unexpectedly – please make an appointment
- Aim to work together with us so that we can help you in finding a solution.
- Try to avoid accusing us as it may be that your child’s teacher is the last to find out. Children usually tell their friends first, then parents and lastly us at school.
- Be patient and allow us time to deal with the problem but do stay in touch and arrange a follow up meeting to see how the situation is being resolved.