Inclusion and Equality are National Priorities in Scottish Education. Schools must endeavour to ensure structures are in place to allow every young person the opportunity to reach their full potential, no matter their ethnic background, their gender or disability.

Bullying exists in all schools yet we recognise that it can have a detrimental and long-lasting impact on young people’s lives. At Charleston Academy we will challenge behaviour and attitudes which lead to bullying so that all young people understand that bullying and discrimination are unacceptable in any form.

Bullying and discrimination on grounds of social circumstances, gender, race, religion, cultural beliefs, disability, or sexual orientation are unacceptable and not tolerated at Charleston Academy. When incidents of bullying and discrimination do arise we follow Highland Council’s Anti-Bulling Policy to ensure a consistent and fair approach is taken in all circumstances.

All staff are alert to any signs of bullying that may take place during the school day. This may be at social times, during class time, or before or after school. Increasingly however, bullying now takes place online through social media. This is known as cyber-bullying. Bullying is addressed in PSE lessons and by guidance staff at other times of the year. Bullying, and particularly cyber-bullying, are also the focus of Year Group Assemblies at least once each session.

Staff will refer any pupil suspected of being either a perpetrator or victim of bullying to Guidance or the Year Head. Staff are aware of the subversive nature of bullying that can sometimes start or take place in classes, often as a follow up to issues out of school. This is particularly the case in regard to cyber bullying. Bullying will not be tolerated in the school. This is enshrined in the core value of Respect.

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