Support & Anti-bullying
TTC is a place where every person has the right to be themselves and to be included in a safe and happy environment. Everyone at our school is equal and should be treated with respect.
Bullying of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at our College. At our College the safety, welfare and well-being of all students and staff is a key priority. We take all incidences of bullying seriously and it is our duty as a whole college community to take measures to prevent and tackle any bullying, harassment or discrimination.
We actively promote values of respect and equality and work to ensure that difference and diversity is celebrated across the whole college community. We want to enable our students to become responsible citizens and to prepare them for life in the 21st Century Britain. These values reflect those that will be expected of our students by society when they leave college and enter in the world of work and further study.
We are committed to improving our college’s approach to tackling bullying by regularly monitoring, reviewing and assessing the impact of our preventative measures.
What is bullying?
Bullying is hurtful or unkind behaviour which is deliberate and repeated. Bullying can be carried out by an individual or a group of people towards another individual or group, where the bully or bullies hold more power than those being bullied.
The nature of bullying can be:
- Physical – such as hitting or physically intimidating someone, or using inappropriate or unwanted physical contact towards someone.
- Attacking property – such as damaging, stealing or hiding someone’s possessions.
- Verbal – such as name calling, spreading rumours about someone, using derogatory or offensive language or threatening someone.
- Psychological – such as deliberately excluding or ignoring people
- Cyber – such as using text, email or other social media to write or say hurtful things about someone.
Bullying can be based on any of the following:
- Race (Racist bullying)
- Religion or belief
- Culture or class
- Special Educational Needs (SEN) or disability
- Appearance or health conditions
- Related to home or other personal situation
- Related to another vulnerable group of people
No form of bullying will be tolerated and all incidents will be taken seriously.
How can you report bullying?
If your child is being bullied they are encouraged to not retaliate but, to tell someone they trust.
- Report to a teacher or member of staff – such as a Form Tutor, Student Support Manager, Assistant Director of Learning, Learning Support Assistant.
Report bullying by:
What does TTC do to prevent and tackle bullying?
We use a range of measures to prevent and tackle bullying including:
- A student-friendly anti-bullying policy (in student planner)
- The PSHE programme of study includes opportunities for students to understand about different types of bullying and what they can do to respond and prevent bullying.
- Tutor time provides regular opportunities to discuss issues that may arise in class and for form tutors to target specific interventions
- Whole-school and year group assemblies help raise students’ awareness of bullying and derogatory language.
- Difference and diversity are celebrated across the school through diverse displays, books and images. The whole school participates in events including Anti-bullying week, Black History Month and LGBT History Month.
- TTC values of equality and respect are embedded across the curriculum to ensure that it is as inclusive as possible.
- Stereotypes are challenged by staff and students across the school.
Advice for students
If you suspect someone is being bullied:
- Take action. Approach the victim, try talking her/him to find out the situation, and refer her/him to any teacher, Student Support Manager or use email@example.com to report it.
- Tell an adult or someone more senior than yourself immediately.
- Do not be, or pretend to be, friends with a bully.
- “See something, say something.”
If you are being bullied:
- Tell an adult or someone more senior than yourself.
- Tell yourself that you do not deserve to be bullied, and that it is wrong.
- Be proud of who you are.
- Try not to show you are upset, it is difficult, but a bully thrives on someone’s fear.
- Stay with a group of friends, there is safety in numbers.
- Walk confidently away, go straight to a member of staff.
- You may feel angry, but rise above it. Don’t get involved in a fight.
- Use firstname.lastname@example.org to report it.
Advice for parents
If you think that your child is being bullied:
- Look for unusual behaviour. For example, your child may suddenly not wish to attend College, may feel ill regularly, or may not complete work to his/her normal standard.
- Inform the College immediately if you suspect bullying and support any action the College takes.
- Advise your child not to fight back.
- Reassure your child that there is nothing wrong with her/him.
- Make sure you and your child are aware of the College’s Anti-bullying Policy.
- Do not get involved personally with other parents
- Make sure you talk to your child.
- If your child is suspected of bullying, criticise the bullying behaviour but don’t reject your child – “What you did was wrong” – not “You’re a terrible person.”