York school pupils sign anti-bullying charter

PUPILS in York have signed up to an anti-bullying charter.

As part of National Anti Bullying Week which drew to a close yesterday, youngsters in the west of York worked together to create the charter which will be shared across the schools.

The project has been co-ordinated by Rod Sims, associate head teacher at York High School, in partnership with the primary schools that feed pupils into York High after Year Six.

Mr Sims, who is responsible for pastoral care, said schools took bullying very seriously but it remained a concern for pupils and parents.

The project aimed to highlight the issue and help children and their parents feel it was something they could discuss with schools and know it would be taken seriously.

Tracey Ralph, Westfield Primary School’s head teacher, said the primary schools valued their close links with York High, and such projects helped pupils and parents understand that as children move on to secondary school there would be common approaches and expectations to tackle issues like bullying.

David Ellis, head teacher at York High, said: “Sadly, bullying is something which can have a very serious impact on young people and as a result of Facebook, texting and other social media it can easily be hidden from adults.

“It is vital that we provide young people with the confidence and skills to be able to come forward and share their concerns with their schools. We hope that our new charter will play a part in enabling that to happen.”

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10:22am Sat 24 Nov 12

roskoboskovic says...

worthless.whenever a poor child has self harmed or committed suicide after being bullied the headmaster of their school always spouts the same old guff.they stress that the school has a strict anti bullying policy,that they weren t aware of the bullying and how lovely the pupil was.nothing changes.
worthless.whenever a poor child has self harmed or committed suicide after being bullied the headmaster of their school always spouts the same old guff.they stress that the school has a strict anti bullying policy,that they weren t aware of the bullying and how lovely the pupil was.nothing changes. roskoboskovic
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11:14am Sat 24 Nov 12

clairemw says...

roskoboskovic wrote:
worthless.whenever a poor child has self harmed or committed suicide after being bullied the headmaster of their school always spouts the same old guff.they stress that the school has a strict anti bullying policy,that they weren t aware of the bullying and how lovely the pupil was.nothing changes.
too true..only yesterday my lad was pushed down the stairs at school at lunch time,will anything be done about it..NO....thankfully he was ok but it could have been alot more serious..the teaching assistant just made the lad stand in the corner,not much of a punishment if you ask me.
[quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: worthless.whenever a poor child has self harmed or committed suicide after being bullied the headmaster of their school always spouts the same old guff.they stress that the school has a strict anti bullying policy,that they weren t aware of the bullying and how lovely the pupil was.nothing changes.[/p][/quote]too true..only yesterday my lad was pushed down the stairs at school at lunch time,will anything be done about it..NO....thankfully he was ok but it could have been alot more serious..the teaching assistant just made the lad stand in the corner,not much of a punishment if you ask me. clairemw
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12:01pm Sat 24 Nov 12

bob the builder says...

School hasn't changed, and won't change, all that's different is technology makes the mental side easier for bullies. Bullies are usually socially inadequate and from disfunctional environments. Fix the root cause, the parents and social background, then you will reduce bullying.
School hasn't changed, and won't change, all that's different is technology makes the mental side easier for bullies. Bullies are usually socially inadequate and from disfunctional environments. Fix the root cause, the parents and social background, then you will reduce bullying. bob the builder
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12:33pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Mister Sheen says...

Let's hope there's a clause whereby pupils promise not to steal the teachers shoe!

Eh, Rod??
Let's hope there's a clause whereby pupils promise not to steal the teachers shoe! Eh, Rod?? Mister Sheen
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9:29pm Sat 24 Nov 12

bigshinydog@gmail.com says...

I was only just reading this about that 39 year old that went missing and I saw this article. Its not always kids that get bullied https://sites.google
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I was only just reading this about that 39 year old that went missing and I saw this article. Its not always kids that get bullied https://sites.google .com/site/silence149 2/richard-atkinson-t erry-richmond-tony-k eel-neil-slater-york -acomb-congregation bigshinydog@gmail.com
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11:45am Sun 25 Nov 12

Davy Crocket says...

What a load of rubbish ... anti bullying policies only end up protecting the bully. Bullies are seen as victims and given special attention and help ... what they really need is harsh physical punishment ... they only understand when they receive what they dish out.
What a load of rubbish ... anti bullying policies only end up protecting the bully. Bullies are seen as victims and given special attention and help ... what they really need is harsh physical punishment ... they only understand when they receive what they dish out. Davy Crocket
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