Everyone deserves to be treated equally, fairly and without prejudice.
Educational establishments create inclusive cultures by working in partnership with the wider community to agree positive values, by promoting and celebrating diversity and through delivering appropriate learning opportunities within their curriculum.
Schools and nurseries operate within Stirling Council’s duty under the Equality Act (2010) to eliminate decimation, harassment and victimisation and to promote and encourage participation of all including those who face disadvantage.
The equality act identifies 9 protected characteristics including disability, gender re-assignment, race, religion and sexual orientation.
What is bullying?
“Bullying has a detrimental impact on children and young people’s wellbeing. Children and young people have the right to be safe, secure with strong, positive relationships with peers and with adults, in order to thrive and to achieve their full potential.” Respectme 2015
Bullying behaviours can include (amongst others):
- Being called names
- Being hit, tripped, pushed or kicked
- Having belongings taken or damaged
- Being ignored, left out
- Abusive messages/images on social media
Stirling’s approach to anti-bullying has been refreshed is in line with the national policy: Respect for All: The National Approach to Anti-Bullying for Scotland’s Children and Young People.
Stirling’s schools and nurseries value cultures where:
- Children’s rights are at the forefront
- Diversity is fostered
- Respectful relationships, built on mutual trust and understanding, are developed
Local guidance includes an explicit commitment to addressing all forms of bullying including prejudiced based. Prejudiced based bullying includes incidents which have been motivated by difference.
These differences could be due to the protected characteristics as well as reasons not listed in the Equality Act including:
- Additional Support Needs
- Asylum Seekers and Refugees
- Physical Appearance
- Gender Identity
- Gypsy Travellers
- Care Experienced
All schools and nurseries have their own anti-bullying policies that endorse the national values and vision and describe how they promote a nurturing culture and ethos where bullying behaviours are not tolerated.
Where bullying incidents do occur, schools and nurseries will use a respectful approach to effectively resolve the situation.
Respectme website provides guidance and resources to support parents and carers to deal with incidents of bullying.