Safety and Behaviour
How we keep pupils safe in our school
How do we keep pupils safe at SASM?
In order to thrive and succeed, children need to be in an environment where they feel safe and are able to share their worries and concerns. At SASM we have a robust system of checking-in with pupils' wellbeing each day.
What are the consequences when pupils make poor choices?
SASM has a relationship-based behaviour approach and we see all behaviour as sign of communication. However, when pupils show behaviour that is not in-line with school expectations we use a graduated set of consequences. These are displayed here and can also be found in our Behaviour Policy.
It is important to note that we will never share a child's consequences with other children or other parents and carers. We also will not accept parents and carers speaking on behalf of others, particularly as part of a 'WhatsApp' or email group.
When does an incident become bullying?
Last year, our parent and carer survey revealed some inconsistencies about what our school community considers to be the difference between one instance of unkind, hurtful or dangerous behaviour and bullying. Bullying can take place anywhere and in any setting; it is something that we take incredibly seriously. However, it is really important that there is a shared definition of bullying across pupils, staff, parents, carers, governors and our wider community. To help with this, we have an Anti-Bullying Policy (which can be viewed here).
To define what is (and is not) bullying, our school uses the definition established by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. Our definition is:
Bullying is an action taken by one or more children, repeated over time, with the deliberate intention of hurting another child, either physically or emotionally. Bullying (both physical and psychological intimidation), racial and sexual harassment are unacceptable behaviour which can affect the atmosphere and sense of community within the school. It is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. This can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or online.
As a result, every incident form written at school has an 'anti-bullying check', which asks whether the incident involved includes:
A repetition of previous behaviour by either pupil?
Deliberately hurtful actions?
An imbalance of power between pupils?
Only if all four questions can be answered and evidenced with 'yes' will the behaviour be classed as bullying. This is key as the first time something is reported it cannot be classed as bullying as we have no evidence that the behaviour is repeated. Our team will have the context of each pupil involved in any incident and will make a determination as to the intentions of children when incidents occur.