Any incidents of bullying or harassment should be reported to a teacher. Schools will investigate all reports and do everything it can to minimise any further inappropriate behaviour.
The school will try to gather as evidence to establish that bullying and harassment is taking place before attempting to find a lasting solution that ensures your child is no longer bullied at school.
There are a range of actions which can be taken by the school, the best solution will depend on the circumstances of the particular situation. The school will make sure parents/carers are involved in any discussions.
A Head Teacher may decide to exclude a pupil in extreme circumstances. Exclusion is seen as a last resort when all other measures have been tried and have failed. Usually exclusion is only considered if allowing the pupil to remain in school is likely to disturb order and discipline in the school.
The maximum length of school exclusion would not normally exceed 10 school days and may often be shorter. In exceptional circumstances exclusion may be beyond 10 school days if approved by the Service Director of Schools Services.
Notification of any exclusion must be given on the day upon which a decision is made to exclude. A pupil under the age of 16 will not be sent home until their parents/carers have been contacted. The school must provide a written explanation of the length of the exclusion, the reason for it and any conditions for re-admission.
Schools routinely monitor absence and lateness. Where the level of absence is giving cause for concern the Attendance and Liaison Officer (ALO) Service work directly with families and young people to support them, acting as a direct link between home and school.