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Ineffective and inappropriate approaches to dealing with pupil behaviour in some schools are leaving pupils and teachers at risk, representatives from Scotland have told the Annual Conference of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union.
 
More than two-thirds (67%) of teachers in Scotland have told the NASUWT that they believe there is a widespread problem of poor pupil behaviour in their school.
 
The Union is concerned about the poorly managed implementation of practices such as restorative behaviour strategies in some schools.
 
NASUWT members from Scotland moved a motion at the Conference in Belfast calling for all schools to adopt a zero tolerance approach to violent and disruptive pupil behaviour.
 
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“Teachers in too many schools across the country are being disempowered by a culture of blame the teacher, rather than put in place strategies to support them in the face of violent and disruptive behaviour.
 
“Too many pupils with behavioural issues are being placed in schools without the specialist support they need, with teachers being expected to pick up the pieces. 
 
“The restorative approach to behaviour in too many schools has become synonymous with no consequences for pupils and consequently teachers are increasingly vulnerable to verbal and physical abuse
 
“No one should go to work with the expectation of being physically or verbally abused and yet for too many teachers across Scotland this is now their day to day reality.
 
“It’s about time the Government and employers exercised their legal duty of care for their staff.
 
“Where they fail to do this the NASUWT will have no hesitation in taking appropriate action to support its members.”
 
Jane Peckham, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said:
 
“Employers have a duty of care to keep staff safe at work, but too many are not putting in place even the basic statutory steps such as risk assessments and recording incidents of violence.
 
“The NASUWT will not hesitate to take action in those schools that are putting our members and other pupils at risk from violence and abuse.”   

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