WEEK 10 - Friday 19 November 2021
This week I am focusing on the statement ‘I’m not a snitch.’ I must admit I find this statement so frustrating yet I can totally see why young people use this. We have somehow become a society whereby we don’t like to report issues. Maybe it stems from that classic line said to us as young children ‘stop telling tales’.
According to the Cambridge dictionary, to ‘snitch’ is to secretly tell someone in authority that someone else has done something bad, often in order to cause trouble.
It is true that we are asking students to report that someone has done something bad but, in a school setting, students rarely report concerns in order to cause trouble; they report issues because of how those issues are making them feel and because of the negative impact it is having on themselves or their peers.
It’s clear that without this information it is very difficult and in some cases impossible for us to help and support a student or resolve the issue. Occasionally, we do hear the statement ‘there’s no point in telling anyone because they won’t do anything anyway’. I do the role of Head of Year as I genuinely care about young people and want to help and support them in any way I can so this statement, although rarely said, is really upsetting. I may not be able to guarantee that every student will gain the outcome they expect or want but I can safely say that any incident reported to myself is dealt with appropriately and I will never disregard any issue a student has. One thing that we have vowed to do this year is to always report back to the student that reported an incident to inform them of the action that has been taken. Hopefully, this will reassure students that we always act on a report that comes to us and give students increased confidence to report things in the first place.
Every November, schools throughout the United Kingdom take part in Anti-Bullying Week. This is an opportunity to focus on bullying and look at the steps we can take together to stop it. Students have taken part in a number of activities during their tutor time this week and as part of their assembly they listened to Mr Scott speaking about his own personal experience of bullying. As always we would like to encourage parents to speak to their child about this topic and to click on the link below for some useful information and clips.
Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face to face or online.
Please can I ask that you speak to your child regarding any concerns they may have and encourage them to report any incidents to a member of the student services team or their tutor immediately.
As ever, if you have any concerns or queries please get in touch; email@example.com
Head of Year 7
Assistant Head of Year 7