72% of teachers know colleague who has quit over pupil bad behaviour, survey reveals
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20th December 2018 14:56 - Education
72% of teachers know colleague who has quit over pupil bad behaviour:
A survey for think tank, Policy Exchange has found more than seven out of ten teachers polled know a work colleague who has left the profession because of poor student behaviour in schools.
The report called ‘It just Grinds You Down
’ is one of the most extensive to be conducted looking at persistent disruptive behaviour in schools and what can be done about it.
The poll found three-quarters (75%) of teachers feel low-level disruption in their classrooms is a ‘frequent’ or ‘very frequent occurrence’. It also found that 54% of teachers feel that disruptive students are affecting the quality of education they are able to offer to other students.
Deterring potential teachers
According to seven out of ten respondents (71%) disruptive pupils are a key reason why many potential teachers are being put off joining the profession, while teacher retention is also an issue with almost two-thirds (62%) admitting they are currently, or have previously considered leaving as a direct result of student bad behaviour.
Serious bad behaviour witnessed by teachers
While 75% of teachers experience daily low-level disruption (talking when a teacher is talking, using a mobile phone and arriving late for lessons) there are also more worrying behaviours some teachers have to deal with. Of the more ‘serious’ bad behaviours, 21% said they had seen a pupil physically attack a teacher once in the last year, while 19% had witnessed a student taking drugs or drinking alcohol (15%) in the past year.
When asked how well their teacher training had prepared them for their experiences in the classroom and for managing poor pupil behaviour, 44% answered ‘not very well’ or ‘not well at all’.
Another question revealed that over half of those polled (59%) were either ‘very reluctant’ or ‘quite reluctant’ to talk about their behaviour management difficulties worrying that this may mean other staff take a poor view of their teaching abilities.
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