School Anti-Bullying Policy
Head teachers must by law have a policy to prevent
all forms of bullying among pupils. Kidscape provides an example Anti-Bullying Policy
Occasionally, schools are reluctant to provide access to their
policies. Some parents we have been in contact with have met with
evasive responses, examples of which are listed below.
If you have requested to view an Anti-Bullying Policy at a
school and have not been satisfied with the schools response,
please email us and
let us know the details.
We might not be able to do anything directly, but it may help
other parents feel they are not alone in their experiences.
- We don't have bullying at this school (we don't acknowledge
- Bullying is not tolerated here (it is ignored).
- It's not bullying, it's just rough and tumble.
- Your child is not bullied, he/she is popular in the class.
- Boys/girls will be boys/girls.
- Your child brings it on him/herself.
- Your child is attention-seeking.
- Your child needs anger management/ counselling/ therapy.
- Your child is over-sensitive.
- You are going through a divorce aren't you?
- Your child is upset because you're pregnant.
- Your child is stressed because of trouble at home (with or
without threat to contact Social Services).
- We cannot reveal how the bully will be dealt with because
of student confidentiality.
- Only the headteacher has the anti-bullying policy.
- Our anti-bullying policy is being re-written.
- We'll post you the anti-bullying policy (never arrives).
- We haven't got a spare copy of the anti-bullying policy.
- Unfortunately there were no witnesses, so there is nothing we
- You are an over-anxious parent.
- We have talked to the bullies and they were only
- The bully said it was your child who bullied them (no system
for finding truth).
Don't forget you can also keep a record of any incidents
yourself - have a look at our Bully Log for advice.