Menston Primary School

Making our world a better place

Anti-Bullying

For anyone who is not aware, Mrs Gilmour (Deputy Headteacher and SENDCo) has taken on the role of leading on anti-bullying.

This year, we are taking part in the United Against Bullying Programme which is being led by the Anti Bullying Alliance.

We started this process by completing a pupil survey.  The questions given to children centred around how they feel about coming to school; whether they feel safe and comfortable when in school; their relationships with their peers and their behaviour towards others.  It also asked about some outside factors such as whether the child sleeps well at home.

Children were asked a series of questions and answered using the scale:

Always, a lot, a little, never.

There were many clear positives from the survey.  Children at Menston Primary do not feel that they are hit, pushed or kicked in school.  Nor do they experience frequent name calling.  No children reported being stopped from joining in with activities in school and no children reported any issues with online bullying or people being unkind to them online.  This shows that we have an environment where positive play is able to take place and children feel secure in their relationships with their peers.

There are, however, some areas which need to be addressed.  7 children reported never feeling calm.  7 children also reported never feeling like they belong.  7 children also reported only feeling ‘a little’ safe in school and 17 children reported that they only like going to school ‘a little’.

We have now developed an action plan in response to the findings of the survey. As part of this, our anti-bullying policy is now under review.  Once this has been looked at with staff and pupils, we will be sharing this with parents and asking for your input too.

We are also developing our play leaders, house captains, school council and year 5 buddies in order to help strengthen peer support in school.

Staff will be undertaking equality and diversity and LGBTQ+ training in the summer term.

All staff also participate in Anti-Bullying training as part of their induction to Menston Primary School.

We are also dedicated to supporting children and families with their mental health and well-being.  Please looks at this page on our website for further information.

In the meantime, if you do have any concerns regarding bullying, please follow the procedures outlined in our current policy.  This can be found by clicking the ‘Key Info’ tab and then selecting ‘policies.’ There are also lots of sources of help and support.  Here are some which you may find useful:

Announcements

Menston Primary Receives National Recognition We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Silver Quality Mark by the national Skills Builder Partnership in recognition of our high standards in the teaching of transferable skills to all of our children.  Our high standards have been further recognised by our school also being awarded  Skills Builder Showcase School status.  Read all about our work on the partnership’s showcase pages https://www.skillsbuilder.org/case-study/menston-primary-school