Prison officers recruited to help schools with behaviour

The advert, posted by Hull-based employment agency Principal Resourcing, specifically asks for prison officers or ex-prison officers to work as behaviour support workers in schools to “effectively deal with behaviour issues and disruptions”. Tes reports.

Mary Bousted, joint-general secretary of the NEU, said: “A supply agency putting this ad out is concerning because children are not criminals and the set of skills you learn as a prison officer are not necessarily transferable to a school.

“I’m not saying prison officers shouldn’t work in schools, but the advert seems to assume that the practice for managing behaviour in schools is the same as in prisons.”

Its adverts state the successful candidate will “work with disadvantaged students from very difficult contexts”.

Meanwhile, supply teachers have criticised supply agencies for employing ex-police officers and soldiers to work as cover supervisors instead of booking qualified supply teachers.

One supply teacher, who did not wish to be named, said large multi-academy trusts were valuing the regimented approach of people with services backgrounds, who were prepared to work for lower rates than agencies because they are already on pensions.

She said: “They might be good at discipline but they’re not trained teachers. And we’re going to see the effects in a few years’ time when kids are not passing their exams.”

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