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In furtherance of its national trade dispute with the Welsh Government over pay, workload and ineffective management of pupil indiscipline, the NASUWT - The Teachers’ Union is opening a hotline for teachers across Wales to report by text or voicemail any concerns they have about pupil indiscipline.

Ms Chris Keates, NASUWT Acting General Secretary, said:

“Our research shows that 88% of teachers in Wales believe there is a widespread problem of poor pupil behaviour across schools.

“More than two thirds (69%) believe that there is a problem in their own school.

“Pupil indiscipline is one of the top three concerns teachers have about their job and is second only to concerns about excessive workload.

“It is because of these deep concerns that the NASUWT has made pupil indiscipline one of the key issues, alongside workload and pay, in our national trade dispute with the Welsh Government lodged with the Minister in November 2019.

“In too many schools, teachers tell us that verbal and physical abuse is going unchallenged and that referrals of this and other unacceptable behaviour are not addressed in a robust and timely manner.

“Teachers also report a growing culture in schools of ‘blame the teacher’ rather than holding pupils accountable for their behaviour.

“Two thirds (66%) of teachers in Wales say that they have been verbally abused in the last twelve months by pupils.

“There are also widespread concerns among teachers about the misuse and abuse of behaviour policies, particularly those which are based on restorative behaviour, which teachers report are becoming synonymous with no punishment or sanctions for unacceptable behaviour.

“The hotline will provide us with up-to-the-minute information on how teachers are feeling about this important issue. 

“No teacher should go to work with the expectation that they will be either verbally or physically abused, and while they are members of the NASUWT, they will not.”

Neil Butler, NASUWT National Official Wales, said:

“Teachers cannot teach and pupils cannot learn where there is violence and disruption.

“All teachers are entitled to dignity at work and a safe working environment.

“Teachers are being disempowered by the failure of the Welsh Government to ensure that across the country, behaviour policies are supporting teachers in maintaining high standards of discipline.

“We need strong and unequivocal action by government to reinforce the rights of teachers to a safe working environment, and to take action to ensure that these rights are being delivered.”

Any teacher in Wales can report by text or voicemail their concerns about pupil behaviour. Experiences can be reported anonymously by calling the voicemail on 029 2054 6099 or by texting 07860 017657.

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