‘Students know about different types of bullying, including name-calling linked to race, religion and sexual orientation. They say that bullying is very rare. If it does happen, they are confident that it will be dealt with very quickly and competently by staff.’ Ofsted
Anti-Bullying strategies are embedded in the curriculum, supported by a proactive Post 16 Harmony programme; restorative practice is established and used to bring about a successful resolution. Form time discussions and assemblies encourage students to think about their own behaviour as a member of the STAGS community as well as the wider community.
Students know that incidents of racism and bullying are dealt with promptly, consistently and firmly. The promotion of anti-bullying is systemic throughout the school and supported through PSCHE, assemblies, House activities and curriculum provision. This work is further supported through the use of Anti-Bullying captains in every form group from Years 7-11.
Students are given training to deliver a strong Anti-Bullying message with a particular focus during Anti-Bullying week and mental health awareness days and weeks. Students receive messages about physical, mental and particularly online bullying. Students will discuss and actively discourage racism, homophobia and disability discrimination behaviour. The message of inclusion is central to this work and throughout the curriculum.
The school works closely with outside agencies, particularly the Diana Anti-Bullying award system and Year 8 Anti-Bullying Captains received training in April 2019. This is the third time that STAGS has worked with the Diana Award to develop the leadership of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.