We operate a mini-buddy system each playtime for both infants and juniors. Trained children are available to befriend and counsel other children and to direct them to adults where there is an issue. This system has worked extremely well and we have had excellent feedback from children and parents.
This system contributes to our ‘Anti Bullying’ measures. We need and strongly encourage children to report any incidents where they feel that someone has hurt them on purpose. Every report is taken seriously and acted upon immediately. The school and outside agencies work with the children to ensure they behave appropriately and we take the view that every person has the right to come to school and not be hurt. If, despite all measures being taken, a child persists in bullying others, then that child may face exclusion from school.
Our ‘Mini-buds’ support the younger children during playtime and lunchtime to help them build friendships. This supports them to become ‘Buddies’ further up the school.