Anti-bullying policy

Relationships: Restorative Practices

Relationships are at the heart of what we do at Ratho Primary School. We aim to build strong relationships between all in order to help children become Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Responsible Citizens and Effective Contributors.

We wish to encourage a partnership with parents and carers to ensure the best possible standards of pupil attainment, achievement and behaviour.  At Ratho Primary, we have high expectations of all our pupils. We expect that our staff, parents and families will always support their children and also the school, in order to help their child demonstrate our school values.

Class teachers use a variety of positive behaviour approaches and strategies to ensure that a warm, safe and happy ethos is created across the school and good choices are recognised and celebrated. Our values set the standards for behaviour and conduct at our school within the classroom and within the playground. They are:

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Being Caring
  • Friendship
  • Honesty

We use Restorative Practice at Ratho Primary School. Restorative Practices are all the ways in which we, as a school community, build, maintain and restore relationships.

As a school We do this in a number of ways: class and playground charters, restorative conversations, teaching about resilience and our emotions, relaxation techniques, opportunities for play and the upcoming Vision Time.

Vision Time is a 45-minute session where children can choose to take part in a club that is linked to our school vision – A curious, creative community. The clubs will be a mixture of curiosity, creativity and community clubs where children can build relationships across the school with children and adults alike. We are encouraging children to take a lead in getting these clubs up and running using their ideas wherever possible. We welcome parents’, carers’ and community members’ support with our Vision Time Clubs! Please get in touch if you are interested!

Our approaches to supporting children’s emotional and mental well-being can be found on our school website and further details of Restorative Practice can be found on the website’s Restorative Practice Hub. http://rathoprimary.org.uk/restorative-practice-hub/

Anti-bullying policy

Bullying is both behaviour and impact; the impact is on a person’s capacity to feel in control of themselves. This is what we term as their sense of ‘agency’. Bullying takes place in the context of relationships; it is behaviour that can make people feel hurt, threatened, frightened and left out. This behaviour happens face to face and online.
(respectme, 2015)

Bullying behaviour impacts on children’s and young people’s well-being and can affect their participation, attainment and inclusion. (Respect for all 2017) https://www.gov.scot/Resource/0052/00527674.pdf

Respect for all is the Scottish Government’s national approach to anti-bullying for Scotland’s children. It promotes communities working together towards the vision of:

  • every child and young person in Scotland will grow up free from bullying and will develop respectful, responsible and confident relationships with other children, young people and adults;
    • children and young people and their parent(s), will have the skills and resilience to prevent and/or respond to bullying appropriately;
    • every child and young person who requires help will know who can help them and what support is available; and
    • adults working with children and young people will follow a consistent and coherent
    approach in dealing with and preventing bullying from Early Learning and Childcare
    onward.

This is underpinned by the values of: Fairness, Respect, Equality and Inclusion.

Whilst many believe that children who bully must be punished for their behaviour, it is widely accepted that this type of response can at times be ineffective, dangerous, breeds resentment and can make the situation worse.

Punishment can make a person resentful instead of reflective. Children who bully must be given the opportunity to hear about and face up to the pain, hurt, distress and anger they have caused to others. Punishment does not help to restore relationships and can result in further retaliation.

Whilst appropriate action will be taken by the school, it is also important that all parents involved, work with the school to resolve the problems in the best interests of their child or young person.

Our approaches to building, maintaining and repairing relationships are detailed above and more information can be found at the Restorative Practice Hub. http://rathoprimary.org.uk/restorative-practice-hub/

More information can be found here: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/bullying