Schools are legally required to have an Anti-Bullying Policy and to share it with teachers, parents and pupils.
This policy makes clear the approach the school takes to bullying, and ensures that the whole school community – from students who are being bullied or bullying others to parents, governors and staff – is aware of the school’s anti-bullying work and the steps that are taken to address and prevent bullying.
At The Diana Award we believe that the best Anti-Bullying Policies are created with a whole-school approach, where students, teachers, SLT members, governors and parents are involved in in developing and reviewing the policy.
It is important to work with the student body to create a student-friendly version of the policy that is colourful, engaging and visible around the school. You could create an anti-bullying ‘pledge’ or video version of the policy to spread the word about your school’s anti-bullying stance.
Consider the following pointers when creating your policy to ensure that it is effective and easy to follow. These can also help you to identify any areas of improvement in your school’s current Anti-Bullying Policy.
Criteria of a good Anti-Bullying Policy:
- Defines all types of bullying and bullying of those with protective characteristics defined under the Equality Act 2010.
- Procedures are outlined to follow, including whom to tell, how to record bullying, the measures taken to stop further bullying, and details of any sanctions.
- Outlines intervention techniques such as curriculum support, training policies and delivery, and a reminder of the bullying policy; for example, through school assemblies.
- Adopts a whole school approach in policy creation – including students, teachers, SLT members, governors, and parents.
- Outlines procedures to preventing and responding to bullying outside of school.
- Reviewed on a regular basis by all sections of the schooling hierarchy – from students to SLT members.
- Student-friendly version is available. Students are able to explain what the anti-bullying policy states and what it means.
- The anti-bullying policy is promoted and easily accessible to staff, students and parents/guardians.