Anti-Bullying Policy

Rave Review Theatre Company has a zero tolerance policy towards bullying. The scope, definition and aims of our policies and the measures we take relating to bullying and the school’s strategy to prevent bullying behaviour are outlined below.

Scope
The policy addresses bullying behaviour, harassment and sexual harassment.

While this policy addresses issues related to bullying of students (i.e. situations in which one or more students are the victim(s) of bullying), the policy applies to teaching and other school staff, parents/guardians, and others insofar as measures under the policy relate to them.

The policy will apply during time periods/activities as follows:

  • Class Times (including break times)
  • School tours/trips
  • Rehearsals and Performance Periods

Rationale for Rave Review Theatre Company Anti Bullying Policy

An Anti Bullying Policy is a priority issue identified by the staff, students and parents since no school is immune from the problem of bullying.

Ethos
Rave Review’s primary objective is to build confidence and creativity and to provide a social forum for our students to make friends for life. Our younger students build vocabulary, imagination, confidence and co-ordination in classes. Our older students benefit from more advanced classes, one to one advice and training preparing them for college entrance and professional work.

We hope to encourage a love of the arts in all its forms. Our teaching staff are all experienced and motivated and are chosen for their ability to bring out the best in our students, with a real interest in each and every child’s development.

Conduct
All students are expected to act in a polite and courteous manner with the older students setting a good example for the younger ones.

The positive atmosphere in our classes is best served by punctual, enthusiastic students and can be seriously undermined by disruptive and unreliable members.

Students acting in an inappropriate manner or whose conduct could cause hurt or injury to others may not be admitted to class.

Goals/Objectives of Rave Review’s Anti-Bullying Policy

  • To create a school ethos which encourages students to disclose and discuss incidents of bullying behaviour.
  • To raise awareness of bullying as an unacceptable form of behaviour with school management, teachers, students, parents/guardians.
  • To create a school that acknowledges, accommodates and respects a diversity of students across the nine grounds covered by the equality legislation. Gender, Civil Status, Family Status, Sexual Orientation, Religion, Age, Disability, Race, membership of the traveller community.
  • To take practical actions to prevent incidents of bullying behaviour e.g. to ensure comprehensive supervision and monitoring measures through which all areas of school activity are kept under observation.
  • To develop procedures for reporting and recording incidents of bullying behaviour.
  • To develop procedures for investigating and dealing with incidents of bullying behaviour.

Rave Review’s Definition of Bullying
Definition Of Bullying:
Bullying is repeated aggression conducted by an individual or a group against others - such aggressive behaviour may be verbal, cyber, psychological or physical.

For the purposes of this policy, the term bullying also encompasses harassment and sexual harassment, defined as follows:

Harassment: any form of unwanted conduct in relation to any of the nine grounds named in the equality legislation that has the purpose or effect of violating a person’s dignity and creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading or offensive environment for the victim.
Sexual harassment: any form of unwanted verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that has the purpose or effect of violating a person’s dignity and creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading or offensive environment for the victim.
Types of Behaviour that are not tolerated:

  • Physical aggression
  • Damage to property
  • Intimidation
  • Gestures
  • Silent telephone/mobile phone calls
  • Abusive telephone/mobile phone calls
  • Abusive text messages
  • Abusive email/Facebook/Social media messaging
  • The production, display or circulation of written words, pictures or other materials aimed at intimidating another person
  • Isolation & exclusion
  • Harassment based on any of the nine grounds in the equality legislation e.g. sexual harassment, homophobic bullying, racist bullying etc
  • Name calling
  • Slagging
  • A combination of any of the types listed

Rave Reviews Actions to prevent bullying behaviour
1. Publishing And Publicising An Anti-Bullying Code
2. Supervision And Monitoring
Classes are supervised at all times by teachers and/or teaching assistants.
Bullying danger spots have been identified in collaboration with students
Both teaching and non-teaching staff involved.
Trained classroom assistants are involved as a resource to assist in countering bullying
Anti Bullying Procedures

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to contact the Class Teacher/Management immediately if they suspect or know that a child is being bullied. Parents are encouraged to keep a record of any incidents of bullying, noting who, what, when and where.

Investigation of incidents of alleged bullying will be conducted in a manner that affords full rights to those concerned in accordance with natural justice.

While every case will be dealt with sensitively no absolute guarantee of confidentiality can be given to a person making a complaint. The necessary procedures are in place to deal with any complaints made.

Parents/Guardians are expected to co-operate with these policies and to re-enforce them in the home.

Appropriate sanctions will be imposed which may ultimately result in exclusion from the school.

Education And Enlightenment
The nature of the Performing Arts gives rise to opportunities to discuss and explore bullying issues among many topics. Rave Review use this platform on occasion and when necessary to highlight issues and to provoke debate. Our teachers are well aware of the issues and seek to reinforce our code of good conduct in this respect.