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What is bullying?
Bullying is behaviour that is:
· repeated
· intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally
· often aimed at certain groups, for example because of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation

What are the different types of bullying?
· Physical Bullying
· Verbal Bullying
· Cyber Bullying
· Indirect Bullying

How do I know if somebody is being bullied?
If somebody is being bullied they may:
· Behave differently to how they usually behave
· Seem quiet and anxious
· Appear to be sad or upset
· Lack in confidence when they are usually confident
· Say they don’t feel well, especially first thing in the morning
· Start to do less well at school
· Not want to walk to school or to leave the house on evenings or weekends
· Not want to come to school
· Skip lessons
· Have trouble sleeping and seem to be tired all the time because they aren’t sleeping properly
· Become aggressive or disruptive
· Have some unexplained cuts or bruises
· Ask for money or have no money at lunchtimes
· Hurt themselves on purpose

What happens if I report bullying?
Bullying of any type and by anyone will not be tolerated at The Portsmouth Academy.
· All staff will take bullying seriously
· Bullying will be investigated
· Statements from the person experiencing bullying, the student carrying out the bullying behaviour and any witnesses. We may also view CCTV footage
· Where bullying is found to have happened the student carrying out the bullying behaviour will be punished and the person experiencing bullying will be supported
· Parents/carers of those involved will be informed
· Teachers will be told so that they are aware of any concerns

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