What is bullying?

The Anti Bullying Alliance defines bullying as: the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person by another person or group, where the relationship involves and imbalance of power.

Bullying is behaviour repeated over time that intentionally hurts someone either physically or emotionally. Bullying is Several Times On Purpose.

Bullying is not a one off argument, fall out or incident where someone has said or done something unkind.

There are four types of bullying:

• Physical (hitting, kicking, physical damage to person or belongings)

• Verbal (threats, insults, nasty teasing)

• Psychological (spreading rumours, isolating and excluding someone, making someone do something they don’t want to)

• Cyber (use of technology e.g. internet, mobile phones, computers)

There are many forms of bullying, these include:

• Race

• Sex

• Age

• Religion or beliefs

• Cultural

• SEN and disabilities

• Appearance or health conditions

• Pregnancy or maternity

• Home or family circumstances (including marriage and civil partnership)

• Sexual

• Sexual orientation and gender specific (homophobic, biphobic, transphobic, gender reassignment)

We at Queniborough Primary will not tolerate this type of behaviour towards our children, staff or parents by children, staff or parents. Any member of staff or parent, who feels that they are the target of bullying, should report this to the Head teacher as soon as possible.


Cyberbullying is the use of technology (particularly mobile phones and the internet) to deliberately and persistently harm or upset someone.

Cyberbullying has become a more prominent form of bullying with the ever-increasing advances in technology and our access to it. Devices such as mobile phones, internet-connected games consoles, tablets and computers make it easy to target groups or individuals from a distance – it is to an extent ‘faceless’ and therefore, easier to instigate. However, this can also make cyberbullying difficult to investigate and prevent particularly given that much of it takes place outside of school.

Please click here to visit the NSPCC website where there is more information on bullying and cyberbullying