Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally. Bullying is often motivated by prejudice against particular groups, for example on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation. It can be motivated by actual or perceived differences between individuals. Bullying is an abuse of power. It can be planned and organised, or it may be unintentional. It may be perpetrated by individuals or by groups of pupils.
Bullying can take many forms:-
- Physical bullying, e.g. hitting, shoving, pushing, tripping, other kinds of force.
- Verbal bullying, e.g. hurtful comments, name-calling, teasing.
- Social bullying, e.g. exclusion by peers of an individual within a group, using relationships to hurt someone.
- Cyberbullying, e.g. inappropriate use of mobile phones, internet, social media.
NCL is completely opposed to bullying and will not tolerate it. It is entirely contrary to the values and principles we work and live by. Everyone has a right to be in a secure and caring environment, and a responsibility to contribute, in whatever way they can, to the protection and maintenance of such an environment.
NCL is fully committed to the principles that:-
- Everyone has a right to work and learn free from intimidation and fear.
- The needs of the victim of bullying are paramount.
- Bullying in any form will not be tolerated.
- Any victim of bullying will be listened to, and offered support.
- Reported incidents will be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated.
- The perpetrators of bullying will be dealt with accordingly.