Abusive behaviour policy and procedure 

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All students have the right to go about their daily lives without the fear of being threatened, assaulted or harassed. No one should underestimate the impact that bullying can have on a person’s life. It can cause high levels of distress, affecting wellbeing, behaviour, academic and social development.


At HLS, we are committed to providing a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our students so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere free from oppression and abuse. Bullying is an anti-social behaviour and affects everyone. All types of bullying are unacceptable at our school and will not be tolerated. All students should feel able to tell and when bullying behaviour is brought to our attention, prompt and effective action will be taken. This means that anyone who is aware of any type of bullying that is taking place is expected to tell a member of staff immediately.


What Is Bullying?

Bullying generally takes one of several forms:

  • Indirect: being unfriendly (by saying bad things to, or about them), spreading rumours, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding bags or books), not respecting different cultures, religions or beliefs

  • Physical: pushing, kicking, hitting, punching, slapping or any form of violence

  • Verbal: name-calling, teasing, threats, sarcasm

  • Cyber: All areas of internet misuse, such as nasty and/or threatening emails, misuse of blogs, gaming websites, internet chat rooms and instant messaging; Mobile threats by text messaging & calls; Misuse of associated technology , i.e. camera and video facilities.

Objectives of this Policy

- All teaching and non-teaching staff, students and parents should have an understanding of what bullying is.

- All staff should know what the school policy is on bullying, and follow it when bullying is reported.

- All students and parents should know what the school policy is on bullying, and what they should do if bullying arises.

- As a school we take bullying seriously. Pupils and parents should be assured that they will be supported when bullying is reported.

- Bullying will not be tolerated.



If you are being harassed or bullied, or know someone who is: Talk to a teacher or a member of staff immediately

Please remember, your teacher or member of staff may need to talk to another member of management to ensure that the issue is dealt with correctly. The Teacher or member of staff to speak to cannot promise to keep what you tell them a secret.


The following steps may be taken when dealing with incidents:

  • If bullying is suspected or reported, the incident will be dealt with immediately by the member of staff who has been approached

  • A clear and precise account of the incident will be recorded and given to the Principal

  • The Principal will interview all concerned and will record the incident

  • Tutors will be kept informed

  • Punitive measures will be used as appropriate and in consultation with all parties concerned

  • If necessary and appropriate, police will be consulted



Students who have been bullied will be supported by:

  • Offering an immediate opportunity to discuss the experience with a tutor or a member of staff of their choice

  • Reassuring the student and offering continuous support

  • Restoring self-esteem and confidence

  • Discussing what happened

  • Discovering why the student became involved

  • Establishing the wrong doing and the need to change


What if you are accused of abusive behavior another person or people?

It is the school’s decision if a student’s behaviour is unacceptable or not.


Any students who harass or bully another person or people may be given a verbal warning for unacceptable behaviour. Where it is deemed appropriate to approach an individual in respect of their behaviour, this should (where practicable) be done informally, privately and at time when all parties involved are composed. The aim of the verbal warning process is twofold:

  • to ascertain the reason for the behaviour as to prevent further incidents or reducing the risk of them reoccurring.

  • to ensure that the person breaking the policy is aware of the consequences of further unacceptable behaviour. A meeting should be arranged and conducted in a fair and objective manner. A formal record should be made and maintained.


Where, despite an initial verbal warning, an individual has repeated their unacceptable behaviour, a final written warning is given. The final written warning should:

  • Explain the reasons why further sanctions are being considered (Including relevant information, dates and times of incidents).

  • Explain that the behaviour demonstrated is unacceptable.

  • Explain that appropriate sanctions which will apply.

  • Give details of the mechanism for seeking a review of the issue.

If proven bullying or abusive behaviour is judged to be extreme and completely unacceptable, expulsion is a possibility.


Behaviour linked to extremism or radicalization

We take this behaviour very seriously. If a student or member of staff thinks there may be examples of this sort of behaviour in school please report it immediately to management. Management will take all steps necessary and this may include contacting the authorities and reporting the behaviour.