Four in 10 teachers struggle with behaviour

The proportion of teachers reporting difficulty in managing pupil behaviour has increased “significantly” since last year, according to new research. Tes reports.

Many teachers say they are not being adequately supported by their senior leadership teams with behaviour management, according to the research by the Education Support Partnership – a charity that supports teachers with poor mental health.

The charity’s head of policy, Richard Faulkner, noted a “strong link” between poor pupil behaviour and teachers’ declining mental health, and said that the issue of behaviour was consistently raised by teachers who call the charity’s emotional-support helpline. There has been a 35 per cent increase in calls to the helpline, including from teachers with suicidal feelings.

“A key theme we also saw was the idea of students and also parents undermining the decisions and actions of teachers, plus a lack of support being provided around behaviour management.”

The charity published its 2018 teacher-wellbeing index last week, which revealed that a third of teachers were suffering from mental health issues, and that half of teachers were suffering from insomnia – with numbers up a third since last year.

The research also found that 42 per cent of education professionals have felt threatened in some way during their time working in education, and that of those who felt threatened, threats from pupils were the most common (60 per cent).

Joint general secretary of the NEU teachers’ union, Kevin Courtney, called for more training and resources to help teachers deal with difficult pupil behaviour.

“Management supporting teachers in these circumstances is a key characteristic of a school doing well.”

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  1. wasateacher

    To what extent is this due to: a) the narrowing of the curriculum in response to league tables; b) an increase in the number of unqualified teachers; c) the fragmentation of the education system, creating less cooperation between schools; d) having so many academy trusts run by people who haven’t a clue about education but know all about making profit!!

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