August 24, 2015

Training Brings Downturn in Verbal Abuse and Physical Assaults on NZ Teachers

Male students aged 13 to 15 are the worst offenders when it comes to directing verbal abuse at teaching staff in NZ.

Data released under the Official Information Act revealed that in 2014, 837 verbal abuse incidents from this age group were recorded, an improvement on the 2011 figure of 2011.

Across the country in 2014 there were 2,375 incidents of physical or verbal abuse against teachers that resulted in students being stood down.    

The picture is improving, thanks to positive behaviour training, aimed at creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for students.

In the Manawatu-Whanganui region suspension rates peaked in 2006 with 10.5 students suspended per 1000 students. Last year the rate for the region had fallen to 5.2.