Anti-Bullying

 

Introduction To Anti-Bullying

 

Anti bullying week  11th - 15th November 2019 

During the week of 11th - 15th November the school  participated in the National Anti-bullying week 2019  – the National theme was  ; " Change starts with us " 

During the week, the Learner Anti bullying Ambassadors, SMILE Team and Mrs Noble have delivered assemblies each day to all year groups and shared the continuing message that bullying of any kind is not tolerated at the school. The assemblies focused on the importance of being an Upstander and not a Bystander in any incidents. 

This year we were also joined in assemblies by PC Sarah Marsden, who is our named Police Officer, as part of the GMP Safer school partnership. Each school in Tameside is allocated a named officer, who will be helpful to the school community, visiting school at certain times. PC Sarah  Marsden introduced herself in the assemblies and explained how she can support all learners and their families by working in partnership with the school.

The assembly message was around choosing Respect and motivating continued change,  across the school, the importance of being Upstanders and not Bystanders. 

The assemblies were an opportunity to refresh the use and understanding of the terminology ‘Bullying’ and ‘Peer conflict’  and the difference between them.

During that week the whole school was linking in with the theme during assemblies and Tutor activities 

 

Odd Socks day on 12th November 2019  – all money raised  has gone to Children In Need

 

The theme of ‘Respect and change’ will continue as a whole school focus involving Tutor activities and awareness raising to promote kindness, compassion and celebrate difference.

Our Life skills curriculum also presents many opportunities for learners to explore areas relating to keeping safe on and offline, wellbeing, mental health ,relationships, diversity and equality.

 

Welcome to our ANTI-BULLYING section of the school website. Our aim is to provide learners with an additional way to report any incidents of bullying or safeguarding.

 

"Bullying"......... what does it mean?

The Anti-Bullying Alliance says that it is.......

 

"Behaviour by an individual or group, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group -  either physically, verbally, emotionally or through Cyberspace, where there is an imbalance of power" 

 

Cyber Bullying: has the same effect as face to face bullying, but may take place via mobiles, e mails, texts or other message types. This may be sending hurtful texts or spreading rumours through social networking sites - uploading private or distorted images, sending abusive comments through gaming sites, or assuming a false identity to cause harm or trouble. 

 

Verbal bullying: may include name calling, threats, spreading rumours or gossip, Usually face to face, but may include malicious phone calls or messages.

 

How can parents and carers help?

  • Each situation may need a different approach.
  • If you think your child is being bullied, don't panic-try to keep an open mind
  • Listen and reassure them that 'telling' was the right thing to do
  • Assure them that bullying is not their fault and that you are  there to support them
  • Find out what your child wants to happen
  • Discuss the situation with school

 

In the first instance, please telephone school to speak with the Form Tutor, Learning Leader or a member of the Inclusion Team.

If parents or carers still have concerns following an incident being dealt with - and have met the form Tutor, Learning Leader or Senior link to the year group ; Mrs Noble the Safeguarding Leader offers evening appointments for families on allocated dates. These appointment slots can be booked via our main office staff. Please see our INSIGHT area of the website with the letter to families, detailing the dates and times available. 

Who can learners tell in school?

Learners can tell any trusted adult in school about any bullying or safeguarding concern to get support. They can see the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and SMILE Teams to help in any situation or they can E mail for support if they are not confident enough to report face to face.

Our E mail address to report any bullying is   safewatch@lhs.aspireplus.org.uk

 

Where can learners and families get more information and help?

 

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Anti-Bullying Ambassadors

 

We would like to introduce ourselves and welcome you to our Anti Bullying Ambassador section of our Website.

We are here to make sure that if any learner is unhappy about friendship issues or bullying, that our team can help out before anything becomes bullying and makes learners unhappy. We are always there to talk to, alongside the rest of the team and we can be easily recognised with Anti Bullying Ambassador badges. 

Our team from learners in Years  9, 10 and 11 are there for any learners who may have a difficult situation of peer conflict or bullying. Our Ambassadors link in with Mrs Noble, so all learners can access support if needed and the issue can be resolved at the earliest point.  We continue with our work and make our school an even safer environment than it already is, for your child's education. Our definition is that bullying is "any behaviour that makes someone upset, uncomfortable and feeling unsafe - that is deliberate and is repeated over time, where there is an imbalance of power" This can take many forms such as - verbal, indirect, cyber and physical. We link with the Anti bullying Alliance definition.

Before we leave Longdendale we want to continue to  reduce conflict and the small number of incidents even further and we are looking forward to sharing our work with future learners and our personal  experiences to ensure a safe environment where bullying is not accepted or tolerated.

We have been trained in July 2019 at the Anti -bullying event in Manchester hosted by the Princess Diana Team linked to the Anti - bullying Alliance initiative.

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SMILE Team

 

Hello and welcome to our Longdendale SMILE Team section Anti-Bullying part of our school website. 

We are the SMILE Teams here at Longdendale High School, and we are all the friendly, approachable and kind learners from Year 8 and 9, around school wearing our SMILE Team badges. We help other learners if they are looking lost, if they have fallen out with friends or they just want someone to sit with, at break or in the dining room.

We are really good listeners and will encourage others to go to see our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, or  to see any member of staff. if they are nervous about going to get help for any worries.

We want to make sure our school continues being a safe, happy and friendly place where it’s good to tell someone......

 

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Anti-Bullying Websites

 

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The Anti-bullying Alliance is a coalition of organisations and individuals working together to stop bullying and create safe environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.

 

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CyberMentors is all about young people helping and supporting each other online.

 

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