This page is designed to enable schools to access up-to-date information, guidance and training to support their work in creating safe learning environments in which commonalities are identified and celebrated, difference is valued and nurtured, and bullying, harassment and violence are never tolerated.
Policy and guidance
To access documents (e.g. model policy, self-assessment and action planning tools, incident form templates, etc.) that support your work to effectively prevent and tackle all forms of bullying, visit our Policies and Guidance page.
Our free school training offer is designed to share best practice and provide opportunities for Oxfordshire settings to be transformative in how they work to ensure more children and young people are positively engaging in their education. The intended outcome is increased attendance in Oxfordshire schools. To preview free training available to all schools, visit our Learner Engagement – School Training Offer page.
Celebrating good practice and keeping up-to-date with latest news
‘We All Matter’ is a termly publication from the Lead for Learner Engagement which aims to share good practice, raise awareness of topical issues, distribute resource links and promote training on issues that impact on learner engagement in Oxfordshire.
For the latest newsletter from the Lead for Learner Engagement, click on the below links:
Please contact us if you would like to see previous editions.
Advice and support
The Lead for Learner Engagement is available to support schools, other providers, professional services and families in preventing and tackling all forms of bullying, promoting respectful relationships, celebrating diversity and working restoratively to ensure more children and young people are positively engaging in their education.
To contact the Lead for Learner Engagement, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional sources of support
Did you know that the following organisations have many resources to help schools deliver PSHE?
Oxfordshire 2020 Anti-Bullying Survey
The primary and secondary surveys opened to all schools on Monday 20 April and close on Monday 20 July 2020 at 5pm.
To participate, young people will need access to a computer that is connected to the internet, the appropriate survey link (see below) and up to 30 minutes to complete. Primary aged children will benefit from adult supervision.
- Primary link - the primary survey is suitable for pupils in Year 4, 5 and 6.
- Secondary link - the secondary survey is suitable for students in Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13.
County results will be published in Schools News on Tuesday 15 September 2020. Individual school results will also be accessible from this date, by request.
We hope you choose to participate! For more information, email email@example.com
Oxfordshire 2019 Anti-Bullying Survey - Results
- Results of the 2019 Primary Anti-Bullying Survey (pdf format)
- Results of the 2019 Secondary Anti-Bullying Survey (pdf format)
If you took part in the 2019 Oxfordshire School’s Anti-Bullying Survey and would like your school’s unique results, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Verbal bullying was the most common type of bullying experienced by respondents in both surveys.
- Difference in appearance was perceived as the most common factor influencing bullying behaviours.
- Respondents reported to telling their family then friends about bullying before reporting to school.
Key questions for all Oxfordshire schools to consider:
- What is your setting doing to prevent and tackle name calling, sarcasm, rumour spreading, threats, teasing and belittling?
- What is your setting doing to prevent and tackle malicious banter? Click here for advice on where to draw the line between acceptable language and unacceptable language.
- What is your setting doing to ensure differences are celebrated?
- What is your setting doing to ensure children and young people report hurtful behaviour immediately and to a member of staff?
Becoming a restorative school
Dealing with conflict and bullying in school can be challenging and time consuming. If dealt with effectively, the whole school community benefits. If not dealt with effectively, the whole school community can end up suffering.
A restorative school is one which takes a restorative approach to resolving conflict and preventing harm. Becoming a restorative school has many benefits, including increased attendance, reduced exclusions and improved achievement. Staff who have been trained in restorative practice report feeling more confident when dealing with bullying and conflict in school.
More information is on our restorative practice webpage.
Types of bullying
Resources and guidance to help you tackle the following types of bullying:
- Internet safety and cyberbullying
- Homophobic and biphobic and transphobic bullying
- Racism, religious and cultural bullying
- Sexist and sexual bullying
- Special needs and disability bullying
For general resources to support you with tackling bullying, including lesson plans and activities.
Parents/carers and young people
Direct parents/carers and young people to our Help if your child is being bullied page for more information on bullying, what to do if they are experiencing (or accused of) bullying and for useful links.
For more information on Anti-Bullying Week.
Anti-Bullying Ambassador training
Anti-Bullying Ambassador training is offered to all schools at the start of the academic year. Information on how to book onto training will be posted on this webpage and publicised in Schools News.
‘Creating a Safe Space for Everybody’ (1.5hr training for Pupils/Students) is available throughout the year. For more information on how to access this training and other free training available to all schools, visit our Learner Engagement – School Training Offer page.
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