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 Schools must take incidents of verbal abuse from pupils seriously and adopt a zero-tolerance attitude to such behaviour, representatives at the Annual Conference of NASUWT Cymru-The Teachers’ Union, have argued.
Verbal abuse should be treated as seriously as physical abuse and violence, the conference in Cardiff has heard.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“The NASUWT’s research into pupil behaviour shows that 61% of teachers in Wales had experienced verbal abuse from a pupil in the previous 12 months.
“We know that many teachers do not report incidents of verbal abuse and aggression to their employer because they feel that their school will not address such incidents or fear that they themselves will somehow be blamed for pupils’ poor behaviour.
“There is absolutely no excuse for any school to be ignorant of the steps that they can and must take to maintain and sustain good behaviour. It is therefore highly dispiriting that the NASUWT still encounters schools where even the most basic of these measures are not in place and where teachers are not supported when they raise concerns or report incidents of pupil indiscipline.
“Headteachers, governors and local authorities must show they are fulfilling their responsibility to make sure that every school secures a calm and orderly working and learning environment and ensure that schools are properly supported and resourced to maintain good order and discipline.”
Neil Butler, NASUWT National Executive Member, who proposed the motion, said:
“This has to be taken more seriously in schools and there have to be sanctions against pupils who subject teachers to verbal abuse. This is the only way to deal with what has become an endemic problem.”


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