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. 
Teacher training 
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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