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Weave these behaviour management strategies into your policy to let your school community know how you’ll tackle incidents of sexism and sexual harassment between pupils. Use our example scenarios to help you review your policy before consulting on it.

We’d like to thank our associate education experts, Sara Alston, Gulshan Kayembe and Carolyn Unsted, for their help with this article. Find out more about them at the bottom of the page.   

Be explicit about unacceptable behaviours 

Don’t just imply them or group them together in one term – clearly listing out what counts as a problematic and unacceptable behaviour will help staff and pupils recognise what is and isn’t OK or ‘normal’. 

See a list of behaviours that count as peer-on-peer abuse in paragraph 49 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2021. The below definitions may also help:

Sexual violence means rape, assault by penetration, or sexual assault (intentional sexual touching).

Sexual harassment means unwanted conduct of a sexual nature – such as sexual comments, sexual jokes or taunting, physical behaviour like interfering with clothes, or online harassment such as sexting.

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