Parents are increasingly using “inappropriate and aggressive” behaviour towards teachers to ensure their complaints are heard straight away and prioritised, Ofsted, the schools’ watchdog has found. The Independent reports.
Restricting access to staff email addresses and reminding parents of the most appropriate ways of raising concerns, such as face-to-face meetings or phone calls, could be a solution, Ofsted suggests.
One teacher, responding to the survey on wellbeing, described their email inbox as “like a pit of death”, while another said parents email at night and expect an immediate reply. If you do not reply, the parent will call the head first thing in the morning, they said.
Have you seen a rise in complaints and aggressive behaviour from parents? Has your school stood by you? Have you received emails at midnight? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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