• Luke O'Connor

Teachers face weekly violence from pupils, says survey

Updated: Nov 20, 2019

I have just read an interesting article from the BBC news page which states that teachers are facing violence from pupils on a weekly basis.

One teacher was quoted as stating "My school has become a frightening place over the last few years and I often try to only go on the corridors at times when I expect them to be quiet, as I simply assume I will be stampeded, pushed or sworn at."

A spokeswoman for the Department for Education said: "Teachers and school staff have a right to be safe while doing their jobs and any form of misconduct, particularly violence towards them, is completely unacceptable.

What I found the most intriguing was that the news article covers what teachers can do to discipline children in the classroom. their list was as follows

DfE guidelines say teachers in England have the "statutory authority" to discipline pupils whose behaviour is unacceptable or who break the school rules.

This power also applies to all paid staff (unless the head teacher says otherwise) with responsibility for pupils, such as teaching assistants.

The guidance states that:

teachers can discipline pupils at any time the pupil is in school or elsewhere under the charge of a teacher, including on school visits.

They can also discipline pupils in certain circumstances when a pupil's misbehaviour occurs outside of school.

They have the power to impose detention outside school hours and can confiscate pupils' property.

However what the article did not cover was the Department for education guidance on the use of reasonable force.

This guidance allows teachers the following powers:

To remove disruptive children from the classroom where they have refused to follow an instruction to do so

prevent a pupil from attacking a member of staff or another pupil, or to stop a fight in the playground

restrain a pupil at risk of harming themselves through physical outbursts

For teachers to do the above tasks safely though they require suitable information, instruction, training and supervision as required by the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Please follow the link for the full article


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