February 1, 2016

One in Four Teachers Has Faced Physical Violence

A recent survey of more than 1,500 teachers conducted by teachers union Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and ITV regional news has revealed that forty-five per cent of teachers in state schools have experienced physical violence in the past year.

The most common forms of physical aggression experienced were pushing or shoving, using an object such as furniture to harm them, and being kicked or punched. Non physical aggressive or intimidating behaviour was experienced by 84% of teachers who responded. They repored being verbally insulted and 70% said they had been intimidated or threatened.

It appears to be a worsening situation with almost half (45%) stating they believe the behaviour of pupils' has got worse in the past two years.

As for the possible reasons for the decline in behaviour, eighty-five per cent cited a lack of boundaries at home as the main reason pupils are displaying challenging, disruptive or violent behaviour. Seventy-eight per cent believe emotional and behavioural problems are the causes, and half (49.8%) said poor behaviour is a result of pupils having mental health issues.