A survey of teachers suggests a rise in the number of pupils with emotional, behavioural and mental health issues.
emotional, behavioural and mental health issues.
survey was carried out by the British Association of Teachers and Lecturers. A
majority of those surveyed said they had been forced to deal with at least one
challenging or disruptive pupil in the last year.
half (56%) of the 844 teachers surveyed said behaviour in the classroom had
deteriorated in the last five years. Sixty-two per cent (62%) said problematic
behaviour was worse now than two years ago.
three-quarters (77%) reported verbal aggression, followed by physical
aggression (57%). Two in five (41%) said they had experienced bullying in
person, while just under a quarter (23%) reported students breaking or ruining
the belongings of others.
reported being spat at, kicked, punched and scratched by pupils.
survey found that 35% of teachers had not received any training to help them
deal with challenging students, with 42% saying they did not get any relevant
training on bad behaviour during their teacher training.
80% of teachers felt the rise in bad classroom behaviour was down to a lack of
boundaries being set by parents in the home.