Bullying complaints (2)

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Hello,
I hope whoever is reading this is keeping well.
This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please can the following information be provided for the academic years: 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 (so far).

1) How many formal complaints regarding a school staff member (for example, but not limited to: teacher, headteacher, head of year) bullying a student or a colleague did your school receive over the specified academic year(s)? For Q1, please can you disclose the nature of the bullying complaint i.e. 'threatening language'. 'cyberbullying', 'physical assault', and tell me who complained about whom, including the complainant's year group if it is a student. So, for example, a Year (INSERT YEAR HERE) student could have formally accused a teacher of using threatening language in a bullying manner. 1a) How many of these complaints- identified in Q1- were formally investigated by the school?1aa) What were the outcomes (for example, but not limited to: warning, removal of post) of these investigations? Please state the amount of money the complainant received in cases where the parents of said child/ colleague demanded compensation for the incident.
Though "bullying" has not got a legal definition, I am classing it as: intending to hurt someone either physically or emotionally (this is often aimed at certain groups, for example because of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation). Bullying takes many forms and can include: physical assault, teasing, making threats, name calling, cyberbullying - bullying via mobile phone or online (for example email, social networks and instant messenger).
If you feel that a substantive response to this request is not possible within a reasonable time frame, or the request is too broad, I would be grateful if you could please contact me by phone ([mobile phone number]) and provide assistance as to how I could refine the request.
Kind Regards,
Yohannes Lowe

Ian Hunter,

Dear Yohannes Lowe,
Here is the data you requested West London Free School. 

 1. 4^th February 2019 – Pupil (Yr. 9) against a member of support staff

 a. Allegation was that a teacher repeatedly tapped the pupil on the
arm, despite being asked not to. Reported to Safeguarding.
Statements taken, parental meetings with SLT and Headteacher.
Member of staff was given additional training and was issued with
a verbal warning about their conduct. No compensation awarded to
any party. The pupil returned to lessons following a successful
parental/staff meeting.

 2. 4^th July 2019 – Pupil (Yr. 9) against a member of teaching staff

 a. Allegation was that member of staff swore under his breath in
response to being confronted by a pupil in the park after school.
Statements collected and were inconsistent. Interviews conducted
in addition. No formal sanctions was given to pupil. No firm
evidence of staff misconduct so no further action taken. No
compensation awarded to any party.

Ian Hunter
KST

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Hello,
I hope whoever is reading this is keeping well.
This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act
2000.
Please can the following information be provided for the academic years:
2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 (so far).

1) How many formal complaints regarding a school staff member (for
example, but not limited to: teacher, headteacher, head of year)
bullying a student or a colleague did your school receive over the
specified academic year(s)? For Q1, please can you disclose the nature
of the bullying complaint i.e. 'threatening language'. 'cyberbullying',
'physical assault', and tell me who complained about whom, including the
complainant's year group if it is a student. So, for example, a Year
(INSERT YEAR HERE) student could have formally accused a teacher of
using threatening language in a bullying manner. 1a) How many of these
complaints- identified in Q1- were formally investigated by the
school?1aa) What were the outcomes (for example, but not limited to:
warning, removal of post) of these investigations? Please state the
amount of money the complainant received in cases where the parents of
said child/ colleague demanded compensation for the incident.
Though "bullying" has not got a legal definition, I am classing it as:
intending to hurt someone either physically or emotionally (this is
often aimed at certain groups, for example because of race, religion,
gender or sexual orientation). Bullying takes many forms and can
include: physical assault, teasing, making threats, name calling,
cyberbullying - bullying via mobile phone or online (for example email,
social networks and instant messenger).
If you feel that a substantive response to this request is not possible
within a reasonable time frame, or the request is too broad, I would be
grateful if you could please contact me by phone ([mobile phone number]) and
provide assistance as to how I could refine the request.
Kind Regards,
Yohannes Lowe

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Hello Ian,
I hope you are well. I am aware of how much pressure schools are under at the moment, so I really do appreciate your help with this. Just so you are aware, I have sent this request randomly to hundreds of other schools across the country so I can try and establish the extent of bullying allegations. If a lot of institutions come back to me and say there has indeed been allegations, I will then send the FOI to all schools.
Would you be so kind to please explain what "SLT" stands for/means, as well as confirming whether or not I should take "member of support staff" as teaching assistant/ "member of teaching" staff as a teacher, and tell me what you meant by a student 'confronting' the teacher in a park after school.
Best,
Yohannes

Ian Hunter,

Senior Leadership Team
I have no other details 

Ian Hunter

07771 785 795

[email address]

 

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