Published on September 16, 2014
INTRODUCTION The school expects learners, staff members and parents to act in accordance with the understanding that with ‘rights’ come ‘ responsibilit ies’ . It is therefore the responsibility of the learners, staff members and parents to uphold the basic rights mentioned below: EVERY LEARNER HAS THE RIGHT TO: Feel safe emotionally and physically Learn work and play without fear of being hurt Know belonging, acceptance and friendship Expect respect for individual qualities as well as differences Ask for help in stopping hurtful behaviour Keep asking for help until the hurtful behaviour has stopped Learn how to solve problems with others in a way that is helpful, not hurtful Be treated politely by others EDUCATION OF STAFF WITH RESPECT TO BULLYING / DISCRIMINATION Training of the staff should focus on: Explaining the content of this policy. Gaining consensus on what constitutes bullying/discrimination. Increasing staff insight into the process and psychodynamics of bullying, discrimination and victimisation. Clearly outlining the procedures to be followed in dealing with incidents of bullying / discrimination. Making it clear to staff what their responsibility is. Ensuring that staff understands the need for this policy to be applied consistently.