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One-third of teachers threatened


One-third of teachers threatened
17/03/2008 :: UK :: Independent

One in three teachers has been threatened by pupils, according to a survey to be published today. One in 10 has suffered actual physical harm as a result, said the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), whose conference starts in Torquay today.

Every respondent said they had had to deal with a disruptive pupil. In 98 per cent of lessons, this had damaged other pupils' chances of learning.

The survey also revealed that almost every teacher (92 per cent) could recall pupils using mobile phones in the classroom and refusing to switch them off.

One primary school teacher, Jean Roberts, from Brent, north-west London, said: "Behaviour is definitely worse as there are more cases of children in primary school suffering from mental health problems.

"One of the reasons I stopped being a deputy was because my energy levels could not keep up with having to physically restrain pupils as I got older. I have permanent marks where I have been kicked on my legs while doing such things."

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL, said: "No teacher should have to tolerate unacceptable levels of poor pupil behaviour and no one should be attacked in school. Not only is poor behaviour driving teaching staff away at an alarming rate - 65 per cent have considered leaving the profession as a consequence - it is damaging the chances of other pupils."



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