The Telegraph is reporting that teachers are now expected to be social workers, speech therapists and keep an eye on pupils’ health, the Education Secretary has suggested.
Damian Hinds said that “society asks more of schools than it did a generation ago”, as he recognised the scale of the demands placed on teachers.
Teachers are now expected to look after pupils’ mental health and check for signs of radicalisation, as well as monitor health and social issues such as domestic violence.
Addressing primary school leaders at the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) annual conference, Mr Hinds was the first Tory Education Secretary for over two decades to avoid being heckled by delegates.
“I know that it is challenging for schools, managing the budget. And I do pledge to work with you to bear down on cost pressures as best we can, working closely with you to make sure that schools can get the best deals possible and target precious resources at the front line.”
An NAHT spokesman welcomed Mr Hinds’ comments, saying: “It is encouraging to hear the Secretary of State acknowledging the extra demands that are placed on schools at the moment.
“Activity in schools is often seen as an automatic way to solve a deep-seated issue in society, but it must be understood that schools cannot solve these problems on their own.”
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