Quick Links

Useful Links

St Thomas Aquinas

Year 6 Transition


What is Bullying?

Definition of bullying 

 Bullying is any behaviour by an individual or group that: 

  • Is deliberately meant to cause harm- the person or people doing the bullying know what they are doing and mean to do it.
  • It happens more than once - there is a pattern of behaviour, not just a ‘one off’ incident
  • It involves an imbalance of power - the person/people being bullied will usually find it very hard to defend themselves.


Types of Bullying

  • Physical, e.g., Kicking, hitting, taking and damaging property
  • Verbal; e.g. name calling, taunting, offensive remarks, teasing
  • Relational; e.g. gossiping, spreading rumours, excluding from social groups
  • Cyber; e.g. text messages, emails, instant messaging (Snapchat, WhatsApp), picture/video bullying
  • Prejudice based; e.g. related to sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, special educational needs or disability.  


Restorative Approach


Signs and Symptoms of Bullying 

A child may indicate by signs or behaviour that he or she is being bullied. Adults should be aware of these possible signs and should investigate if a child:  

  • is frightened of walking to or from school 
  • doesn’t want to go on the bus  
  • begs to be driven to school 
  • changes their usual routine  
  • is unwilling to go to school (school phobic) 
  • begins to truant  
  • becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence
  • starts stammering 
  • attempts or threatens suicide or runs away  
  • cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares  
  • feels ill in the morning 
  • begins to do poorly in school work  
  • comes home with clothes torn or books damaged  
  • has possessions which are damaged or “go missing” 
  • asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay bully)  
  • has dinner or other monies continually “lost”  
  • has unexplained cuts or bruises 
  • comes home starving (lunch/money has been stolen) 
  • becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable  
  • is bullying other children or siblings 
  • stops eating 
  • is frightened to say what’s wrong 
  • gives improbable excuses for any of the above  
  • is afraid to use the internet or mobile phone  
  • is nervous and jumpy when a cyber message is received. 



Support and Advice

Tel: 0800 11111

Bullying Online

Kidscape Online
Tel: KIDSCAPE Parents Helpline (Mon-Fri, 10- 4) 0845 1 205 204
Tel: Parentline Plus 0808 800 2222


Useful Links and Documents


There are no documents to display at present.