The Board of Management of Terence MacSwiney Community College recognises the very serious nature of bullying and the negative impact that it can have on the lives of students.The Board is therefore fully committed to the following key principles of best practice in preventing and tackling bullying behaviour:
The school community supports the creation and maintenance of a positive school culture and climate which:
- is welcoming of difference and diversity and is based on inclusivity
- encourages students to disclose and discuss incidents of bullying behaviour in a non-threatening environment
- promotes respectful relationships across the school community
- is underpinned by effective leadership
- encompasses a school-wide approach
- ensures a shared understanding of what bullying is and its impact
The Board of Management and the Management team of the school
- implements education and prevention strategies (including awareness measures) that build empathy, respect and resilience in students; and explicitly address the issues of cyber-bullying and identity-based bullying including, in particular, homophobic and transphobic bullying
- ensures effective supervision and monitoring of students
- provides supports for staff
- ensures the consistent recording, investigation and follow up of bullying behaviour (including the use of established intervention strategies), and continuously monitors the effectiveness of the anti-bullying policy.
A copy of the complete policy is available in the school office.