Northfields International School is committed to developing an anti-bullying culture where the bullying of adults, children or young people is not tolerated in any form.

Bullying can be defined as “behaviour by an individual or a group, repeated over time that intentionally hurts another individual physically or emotionally”. (DfE “Preventing and Tackling Bullying”, July 2017)
Bullying can include name-calling, taunting, mocking, making offensive comments; kicking; hitting; taking belongings; producing offensive graffiti; gossiping; excluding people from groups and spreading hurtful and untruthful rumours.

This includes the same unacceptable behaviours expressed online, sometimes called online or cyberbullying. This can include sending offensive, upsetting and inappropriate messages by phone, text, instant messenger, through gaming, websites, social media sites and apps, and sending offensive or degrading photos or videos.

Bullying is recognised by the school as being a form of peer on peer abuse. It can be emotionally abusive and can cause severe and adverse effects on children’s emotional development.

Northfields International School community recognises that all forms of bullying, especially if left unaddressed, can have a devastating effect on individuals; it can create a barrier to learning and have serious consequences for mental wellbeing.

  • By effectively preventing and tackling bullying our school can help to create a safe and disciplined environment, where pupils are able to learn and fulfil their potential.
  • Our Community:
    • Monitors and reviews our anti-bullying policy and practice on a regular basis.
    • Supports staff to promote positive relationships to help prevent bullying.
    • Recognises that some members of our community may be more vulnerable to bullying and its impact than others; this may include children with SEND. Being aware of this will help us to develop effective strategies to prevent bullying from happening and provide appropriate support, if required.
    • Will intervene by identifying and tackling bullying behaviour appropriately and promptly.
    • Ensures our pupils are aware that bullying concerns will be dealt with sensitively and effectively; that everyone should feel safe to learn and abide by the anti- bullying policy.
    • Requires all members of the community to work with the school to uphold the anti-bullying policy.
    • Recognises the potential impact of bullying on the wider family of those affected so will work in partnership with parents/carers regarding all reported bullying concerns and will seek to keep them informed at all stages.
    • Will deal promptly with grievances regarding the school response to bullying in line with our complaints policy.
    • Seeks to learn from good anti-bullying practice elsewhere.
    • Utilises support from local authorities and other relevant organisations when appropriate.