This anti-bullying policy operates in conjunction with the Code of Behaviour, which is
used to address isolated instances of anti-social behaviour.
The school has a central role in the social and moral development of the children just as
it does in their academic development. In school, we work towards standards of
behaviour based on the basic principles of honesty, respect, consideration and
responsibility. The individuality of each child needs to be accommodated while at the
same time acknowledging the right of every child to education in a disruption free
Bullying is defined as repeated aggression, whether verbal, psychological or
physical, conducted by an individual or group against others.
Examples of bullying include physical aggression, damage to property, intimidation,
isolation, name-calling, taunting or ‘slagging’, cyber bullying.
Child to child bullying, teacher to child, intra staff bullying, parent to staff and parent to
child bullying (including a child other than their own) are examples of the areas where
bullying may occur.
Isolated instances of aggressive behaviour, which would be dealt with under the Code of
Behaviour, would not be described as bullying. However when the behaviour is
systematic and ongoing, it is bullying.
The school acknowledges that there are three parties involved in bullying – those who
bully, those who are bullied and those who witness the bullying. Staff and teachers bear
this in mind when dealing with bullying incidences and try to support and work with all
Aims of the Policy
• To foster a school ethos of mutual and self-respect
• To raise awareness of bullying as a form of unacceptable behaviour
• To outline, promote and raise awareness of preventative approaches that can be
used in response to reported incidences of bullying
• To develop a programme of support for those affected by bullying behaviour and
for those involved in bullying behaviour
• To outline procedures for noting and reporting instances of bullying behaviour
• To outline procedures for investigating and dealing with incidents of bullying
Child to Child Bullying
Unless the incident is of a very serious nature, it will be dealt with by the classroom
teacher who will talk to the children involved. Teachers respect the need to support the
esteem of each party involved in an incident. When a teacher becomes aware that a
child is regularly involved in incidents he/she will start a record of such incidents. The
purpose of this record is:
• To aid memory by recording details of the incident
• For clarity in assessment of the situation
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The teacher may inform the parent(s) if frequency/ seriousness warrants contact.
Should the action taken at this stage prove not to have resolved the issue, the staff will
proceed to stage two.
The Principal will arrange to meet with the parents of the child who is seen to be bullying
and separately with the parents of the victim of bullying.
The children themselves may be required to attend part or all of these meetings. The
child who is bullying will be placed on report. This means that the child’s behaviour in all
areas is monitored during the day.
All positive behaviour, progress on work etc will be noted. At the end of the day, the
teacher writes his/her own comment. The purpose of this report is to focus as much as
possible on the positive qualities and efforts of the child, and to motivate the child to
move away from negative behaviour.
The child should be able to see that parents and school are working together in his/her
interest, so the co-operation of the parents is essential.
Initially a review of the reports will be carried out on a weekly basis. If progress is being
made, longer intervals between meetings may be decided upon.
The child who is the victim of bullying will also meet with the Principal and his/her
parents. The aim of such a meeting(s) will be to address emotional needs and devise
strategies for the child to deal with the bullying.
This may involve reinforcing the programme being covered in class, or other strategies.
It is the duty of the school to provide a safe environment for all the children.
Should the above interventions fail and the bullying continue, a programme of
appropriate sanctions may be implemented by the principal in consultation with the
parents and Board of Management.
Sanctions implemented, aim to encourage positive behavior and support the esteem of
*The intimidator will be warned officially to stop offending.
*The parents/guardians of the intimidator will be informed as appropriate.
*He/she may be excluded from yard at break and or lunch time.
*If bullying does not cease he/she will be suspended for a minor fixed period (Up to 3
*If further incidents occur a longer period of suspension will be imposed. (5days)
*The board of management may resort to permanent exclusion in extreme cases.
During any period of suspension there will be ongoing consultation with parents to decide
on appropriate action(s) to be taken in the best interests of the child.
Suspension for any period of time will be reported in by the Principal to the Chairperson
of the Board of Management.
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Bullying by Adults
In the case of intra-staff bullying, Scoil Na Coróine Mhuire national school will adopt
the procedures outlined in Section C (c2) of the INTO booklet: ‘Working Together:
Procedures and Policies for Positive Staff Relations’.
A copy of this document is available for free download on the INTO website.
In the case of Teacher – Child bullying, a complaint should in the first instance be
raised with the teacher in question by the parent/guardian of the child if possible and
then if necessary referred to the Principal.
Where it has not been possible to agree a framework for resolution, the matter should be
referred in writing by both parties to the Board of Management for investigation.
In the case of Parent – Teacher bullying, the Principal should be informed in the first
instance, and if deemed necessary the Board of Management should subsequently be
In the case of Parent/Visitor to the school – Child bullying, the complaint should be
referred in the first instance to the child’s class teacher and subsequently to the Principal
In the case of Principal – Parent/ Child bullying, the matter should be raised with the
Principal if possible, or referred to the Chairperson of the Board of Management.