January 12, 2015

Scottish Schools Face Pupil Behaviour Challenges

Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) have been reporting on discipline in their own schools to highlight the key behavioural challenges and inform policy on improving school discipline.

In one week information was received from 21 of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas, identifying a wide range of discipline related issues.

Commenting, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "School discipline continues to be a major issue for teachers, parents and pupils alike." 

"It is essential that in all schools effective strategies are in place to support class teachers in dealing with pupil indiscipline."

He continued, "Reductions in staffing - including a decline in teacher numbers, deep cuts to specialist support staff, and the fall in the number of professional educational psychologists – are exacerbating the problems that many schools face in supporting pupils who have displayed challenging behaviour.

Managing challenging behaviour in schools