Along with many other schools across the country, we are recognising and supporting Anti-Bullying Week 2017; a national awareness campaign co-ordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance.
We are lucky at Lincoln Minster School; our pupils actively engage in positive relationships with one another. That doesn’t mean to say that we are immune to the breakdown in friendships and relationship complexities that are an inevitable part of teenage life. Children in any school are likely to experience unkind words, hurtful actions and difficulties negotiating the sometimes delicate world of changing friendships.
However, bullying itself is a much more complex issue than just those issues. It is important to remember that for something to constitute bullying, it must contain three elements:
- An imbalance of power
- A repetition of hurtful behaviours
- An intention to inflict harm
In other words, bullies usually are bigger, older or have more social power than their targets. They also do or say more than one unkind thing to the target. An example might include mocking, name-calling and insulting the target consistently. And finally, the goal of the bully is to harm the other person in some way so that they have more control and power over the victim.
Bullying is rare at Lincoln Minster School.
Our pupils are exemplary for the most part in embodying all of our ‘I am Minster’ expectations. They support one another, they demonstrate empathy in many ways and they embrace our robust pastoral curriculum in such a way that they put all that we teach them in terms of healthy relationships into action.
Nonetheless, we work to ensure that our anti-bullying message is one we are never complacent about. Our commitment to ensuring all of our pupils come to school feeling safe, valued, respected and happy happens every day – whether through PSHCE lessons, assemblies, the work of our Prefects and Peer Mentors or through our strong Pastoral care systems.
Anti-Bullying week gives us the opportunity to remind all members of our school community why we have a zero-tolerance approach to bullying and to celebrate the positive relationships that are evident every day throughout the school.
Pupils have been involved in opportunities throughout the week that:
- Empower them to celebrate what makes them and others unique and to be proud of that!
- Encourage them to reflect upon why it is so important that every pupil at LMS feels valued and included in school, and able to be themselves without fear of bullying.
- Allow them to consider what makes us all different, all equal by celebrating difference and equality and taking individual and collective action to prevent bullying, and to create safe environments where all pupils can be themselves.
- Remind them that bullying is always wrong, that we all must play our role in making it stop and what they can do if they are concerned about bullying.
Useful resources for parents:
- Cyberbullying – digital awareness for parents
- How to get involved with Anti-Bullying Week
- What is not bullying
Although bullying is rare in the school, it is difficult for all young people to negotiate the complexities of their social relationships!
Please never hesitate to contact us if you have concerns about any behaviour your child is being subject to or even displaying towards others. In the first instance, please contact your child’s form tutor who will then will work with you, your child and their Head of Year, if necessary, to understand what is happening and to provide next step support measures.