Bullying at Wednesbury Oak Academy is considered to be:
“Unwanted, aggressive verbal or non-verbal behaviour among school-aged children that involves real or perceived power imbalance. The behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated.”
Bullying can be short term or continuous over long periods of time.
Bullying may be related to:
• SEN or disability
• Appearance or health condition
• Home circumstances, including Young carers and poverty
• Sexual orientation, sexism, or sexual bullying, homophobia
We raise awareness of bullying in many ways – through assemblies, lessons and visitors to school, ie. NSPCC, West Midlands Police and Rewind. Year 6 also participate in a ‘Safeguarding Day’ to ensure they are aware of how to keep themselves safe and the importance of treating others with respect.
Last year, Mrs Ward delivered anti-bullying sessions to children in Years 3-6. These sessions focused on the difference between unkindness/rudeness and bullying. Take a look at some of the work we produced!
One of our pupils, who had recently started at Wednesbury Oak, designed a ‘Friendship Stop’ sign for our playground shelters. Children know that if someone is waiting under this sign, they are looking for a friend to play with.