Disruptive Pupil Behaviour on the Rise in our Schools

Disruptive Pupil Behaviour on the Rise in our Schools

Many of us probably have memories of being intimidated at school. I certainly do. For a couple of years when I was growi...

Many of us probably have memories of being intimidated at school. I certainly do. For a couple of years when I was growi...

John Smith
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John Smith
Published: 8th April 2013

Many of us probably have memories of being intimidated at school. I certainly do. For a couple of years when I was growing up I was tormented by a boy called Gary Gittus. Looking back it was a fantastic name for a school bully but at the time I failed to see the funny side.

You know how with school bullies you just try to stay inconspicuous so that they don’t notice you? Well that was always my plan anyway and it seemed to work well enough. That is until the day my mum burst into the school hall mid way through morning assembly to hand me the lunchbox which I had left in the car! Thanks Mum!

From then on ‘Gittus’ never gave me a minute’s peace in the playground and I would have to conduct my playtimes never more than 5 metres away from a dinner lady! It was pretty miserable (no offence to dinner ladies who do a great job).

Well, according to recent reports it’s probably just as well that I’m not at School today. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers has said that the number of pupils in the UK with behavioural and mental health problems is on the rise. A survey of 844 teachers found that:

53% of teachers reported a deterioration in disruptive classroom behaviour over the past 5 years

Verbal aggression was cited by 77% while over half cited physical aggression

35% said they received NO training in how to deal with challenging behaviour and only 18% said they had regular training that was adequate or good

Many people across the country are now apportioning the blame with parents seeming to take most of the flack. It’s not for me to comment on where the blame lies, however it is obvious that the provision of training for teachers has not kept up with the worsening trend in pupil behaviour: there is a gap that needs to be filled.

If you are able to better equip teachers to face these challenges then now is the ideal time for you to promote your services to schools. Why not get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you contact teachers across the UK and tell them how you can make their lives that little bit easier.

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