Do teachers on the frontline need one-to-one support?

A headteachers’ union leader has questioned whether teachers need more support to cope with their experiences of “being on the frontline”, and hearing “disturbing news” from pupils and their families. Tes reports.

Judy Shaw, president of the NAHT, said teachers who had good relationships with pupils were often the first to hear about problems such as domestic violence and drug abuse.

“If you’re a good teacher, you’ve got a strong professional relationship with pupils and their families, they often want to speak to you first – whether it’s about an older sibling who’s gone off the rails, or drug abuse, or you might be the one who somebody discloses information about domestic violence to.”

“Of course, you take it home with you, but where does our remit stop?

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