Behaviour: Senior staff ‘disregard’ pupil assaults on teachers, union members say

The TES is reporting findings from the NASUWT that teachers have been bitten and threatened with knives, with almost half thinking their school has a behaviour problem.

Some school managers have “disregarded” teachers and refused to take them seriously when they have been physically assaulted by pupils, members of a teaching union have claimed.

The warnings came as a survey of 5,000 teachers by the union – published today – found nearly half of teachers believed their school had problems with behaviour. More than one in 10 said they had been physically assaulted by a pupil.

Well over half said they did not feel supported by senior management to deal with poor behaviour.

Katie Anderson, a teacher from Essex, told the conference: “I think this issue of violence against teachers is actually a taboo in our occupation. We don’t talk about it.”

She said: “I’d like to tell you about the head of maths, where a child had slammed a door into him twice and [the school leadership team] said, there’s no evidence. They didn’t take the member of staff’s word. They were disempowered and disregarded.”…

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Unfortunately in court of law (where this could end up) someone’s word against another’s doesn’t hold up. Not right but true

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