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Workplace bullying in schools is ruining the lives of too many teachers, representatives at the Annual Conference of NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, have claimed.

Teachers at the Conference in Birmingham have warned of the dangerous toll which bullying is having on the mental and physical health of teachers and have called for stronger legal remedies to ensure all cases of bullying are dealt with effectively. 

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“The evidence of workplace bullying is alarming. It is prevalent in schools.

“There are many highly successful schools where staff have respectful and supportive relationships, but in too many there is a culture of bullying where teachers are managed in a punitive and abusive way.

“The NASUWT has and will continue to challenge by all appropriate means, including industrial action, any employer who fails to treat their staff with dignity and respect.

“How can any employer discharge effectively its duty to protect pupils from bullying, when it fails to challenge the bullying of staff?”

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