Teachers face weekly violence from pupils, says survey

The BBC is reporting that nearly a quarter (24%) of teachers say they face violence once a week, the poll of nearly 5,000 members of the NASUWT teachers’ union finds.

Four in 10 (42%) have been threatened verbally. “Verbal abuse is now part of the daily working landscape for a primary teacher,” one teacher said.

“Having taught for almost 40 years I have witnessed a demonstrable and seemingly unstoppable deterioration in pupil behaviour,” one teacher told NASUWT researchers.

“Moreover, teachers are, it seems, now expected to tolerate verbal abuse and threats as ‘par for the course’ and, quite literally, ‘an occupational hazard’. There appears to be no appetite for tackling the issues that face teachers in the classroom.”

And another added: “My school has become a frightening place over the last few years and I often try to only go on the corridors at times when I expect them to be quiet, as I simply assume I will be stampeded, pushed or sworn at.”

Official figures from the Department for Education showed that in the academic year 2016/17, 655 pupils in England were excluded for a verbal assault against an adult, while 59,675 were given a fixed-term exclusion.

The statistics show 745 were permanently excluded for a physical assault against an adult and 26,695 were excluded for a fixed period.

The union’s general secretary, Chris Keates, said:”Why is it that hospitals, job centres, railway stations and many other workplaces are now littered with posters in which employers make clear that abuse of staff will not be tolerated and yet the most teachers get is fault finding and blame.”

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