Dundonald is a Rights Rights Respecting School. This means that our ethos is underpinned by the articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child (UNCRC). Children learn about their rights and how to respect the rights of others.
The emphasis within the school is on developing self-discipline. We encourage children to make good behaviour choices. We expect polite, cooperative and respectful behaviour towards each other, from both adults and children at all times.
We encourage children to use words to solve conflict rather than physical action. Occasionally children need support to behave appropriately. Staff work together to help a child by endeavouring to understand, treating each child fairly and as an individual and providing positive emphasis on appropriate behaviour.
Parents/carers will always be informed and invited to work together with the team where a child is in need of support.
We believe children should enjoy their school life free from bullying. At Dundonald Primary School we are proud to provide a safe, stimulating and creative environment which celebrates diversity and promotes the inclusion of all. Every child is a member of our community and they are valued.
We want children to be informed, to know what bullying is and what to do if they feel they are being bullied or see bullying. Members of the school council have designed Anti-Bullying leaflets for children in Lower and Upper School. These leaflets are easily accessed from the corridor displays in Lower School and Upper School School.
Children are always encouraged to speak out and tell an adult if they are being bullied or are worried someone else is. Children have a 'Trusted Adult' in school who they have named as a person they would go to in this situation, although we emphasise they can talk to any adult about bullying.
In November, we dedicate a whole week to focus on anti-bullying and what we can all do to ensure bullying does not take place in our school.
Although anti-bullying is a particular focus in that week, the messages from the work we do will be reiterated throughout the year during PSHE lessons, in assemblies and through the wider curriculum embedded with our ethos as a Rights Respecting School.
Parent/Carer Anti-Bullying Presentation - November 2020
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions. Thank you.
Katy Waters (Deputy Head/Inclusion Manager)
Anti-Bullying Information and Advice for Parents/Carers
It can be distressing to learn that your child is exhibiting bullying behaviour. There are many reasons why a young person may display bullying behaviour and there is often no 'one right answer'. It is important to listen to your child in order to understand why they may be displaying this behaviour.
Please find a list of common reasons compiled by The Diana Award here.
This guide explores bullying behaviour and definitions, some of the most common signs to look out for if you know or suspect that your child is experiencing bullying behaviour and practical next steps towards a solution.
Cyberbullying Conversation Starters:
Helplines/Support for Children
ChildLine is UK's free, confidential helpline for children and young people. They offer advice and support, by phone and online, 24 hours a day.
EACH has a freephone Helpline for children experiencing homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying or harassment: 0808 1000 143. It’s open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) provides help and advice on cyberbullying.
Kidscape: Information for young people