Survey suggests many teachers think pupil behaviour has declined

The Northern Echo: Teachers believe classroom behaviour worsening Teachers believe classroom behaviour worsening

NEW research has revealed a significant decline in pupil behaviour in the region over the last five years.

The poll of teachers in the North-East has revealed almost half (44 per cent) of teachers working in the region have seen worsening in behaviour over the last five years.

The YouGov poll also highlights the impact poor student behaviour has on teacher well-being: Almost half (44 per cent) of teachers in the North-East say they have seen a decline in behaviour over the past five years, compared to the national average of 49 per cent.

Almost half (45 per cent) teachers in the North-East say poor behaviour has led them to consider leaving the profession.

Almost half (46 per cent) of North-East teachers say poor behaviour has caused them stress, anxiety or depression.

Meanwhile, more than half (51 per cent) of teachers in Yorkshire and Humber said that they had seen a decline in pupil behaviour over the past five years while 65 per cent of the sample said poor pupil behaviour had caused them stress, anxiety or depression The Teacher Support Network – which carried out the survey - is now calling on the Government and schools to ensure staff are provided with the adequate training and support needed to cope with increasingly challenging pupil behaviour.

The charity also provides free teacher resources, such as ‘Managing Pupil Behaviour – A Practical Guide’, offering teachers useful, differentiated strategies for managing behaviour in their classrooms.

Commenting on the findings Julian Stanley, chief executive of the Teacher Support Network, said: “Our research highlights a worrying decline in student behaviour that is having a damaging effect on teaching quality and standards. This chronic problem with behaviour is driving valuable teachers away from the profession and damaging the morale and mental health of many others.

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8:42am Fri 14 Feb 14

Ally F says...

Unfortunately teachers are increasingly expected to be surrogate parents during the working day, instilling in unruly and inattentive children basic manners, discipline, respect, reason and self-control. Elements their parents have either failed to instil in their children or lack almost completely themselves.

The majority of my former undergraduate friends took up teaching as a profession. I do not know of a single one who is happy and contented in their work. They have my admiration enduring poor discipline in class, endless monitoring, assessments and performance related targets, and consistent meddling and sniping by a succession of clueless Education Secretaries, the latest and greatest of which is Gove.
Unfortunately teachers are increasingly expected to be surrogate parents during the working day, instilling in unruly and inattentive children basic manners, discipline, respect, reason and self-control. Elements their parents have either failed to instil in their children or lack almost completely themselves. The majority of my former undergraduate friends took up teaching as a profession. I do not know of a single one who is happy and contented in their work. They have my admiration enduring poor discipline in class, endless monitoring, assessments and performance related targets, and consistent meddling and sniping by a succession of clueless Education Secretaries, the latest and greatest of which is Gove. Ally F

9:44am Fri 14 Feb 14

BMD says...

Everybody criticises the boss in all professions, the rot set in when the previous Government abolished corporal punishment.

The students today know how little authority a teacher wields and they simply push the limits. If more Parents backed the teachers and instilled discipline at the home, would there be any need for a The Teacher Support Network?
Everybody criticises the boss in all professions, the rot set in when the previous Government abolished corporal punishment. The students today know how little authority a teacher wields and they simply push the limits. If more Parents backed the teachers and instilled discipline at the home, would there be any need for a The Teacher Support Network? BMD

10:48am Fri 14 Feb 14

MSG says...

Bring back the cane !

Teachers should not blame parents for their failure to control at school.
Bring back the cane ! Teachers should not blame parents for their failure to control at school. MSG

11:12am Fri 14 Feb 14

sineater says...

Sorry BMD, you are wrong, corporal punishment was banned in 1987,and in private schools in 2000,check your facts !!
Sorry BMD, you are wrong, corporal punishment was banned in 1987,and in private schools in 2000,check your facts !! sineater

11:27am Fri 14 Feb 14

Colcat says...

How come 44 per cent is "almost half", yet 51 per cent is "more than half"? Wouldn't it be more accurate to describe 51 per cent as "almost half" and 44 per cent as "less than half"? Whilst being technically correct, it gives a skewed impression of the results.

Anyway, it's one of the reasons why I got out of teaching.
How come 44 per cent is "almost half", yet 51 per cent is "more than half"? Wouldn't it be more accurate to describe 51 per cent as "almost half" and 44 per cent as "less than half"? Whilst being technically correct, it gives a skewed impression of the results. Anyway, it's one of the reasons why I got out of teaching. Colcat

12:04pm Fri 14 Feb 14

BMD says...

sineater wrote:
Sorry BMD, you are wrong, corporal punishment was banned in 1987,and in private schools in 2000,check your facts !!
BMD says...."Everybody criticises the boss in all professions, the rot set in when the previous Government abolished corporal punishment"

A previous Government is not the Government of today and I never stated any dates.

Geeezzzzz people are getting fanickaty!
[quote][p][bold]sineater[/bold] wrote: Sorry BMD, you are wrong, corporal punishment was banned in 1987,and in private schools in 2000,check your facts !![/p][/quote]BMD says...."Everybody criticises the boss in all professions, the rot set in when the previous Government abolished corporal punishment" A previous Government is not the Government of today and I never stated any dates. Geeezzzzz people are getting fanickaty! BMD

1:11pm Fri 14 Feb 14

sineater says...

I'm getting fanickity again, you said the previous government,which means the one before ,sorry for nit picking !!!
I'm getting fanickity again, you said the previous government,which means the one before ,sorry for nit picking !!! sineater

9:50am Sat 15 Feb 14

black&whitehorse says...

i **** techers should be shutting up and do da job thay are payed for
i **** techers should be shutting up and do da job thay are payed for black&whitehorse

11:17am Sat 15 Feb 14

Colcat says...

black&whitehorse wrote:
i **** techers should be shutting up and do da job thay are payed for
Oh the irony!
[quote][p][bold]black&whitehorse[/bold] wrote: i **** techers should be shutting up and do da job thay are payed for[/p][/quote]Oh the irony! Colcat

1:18pm Sat 15 Feb 14

K. Richardson says...

Colcat wrote:
black&whitehorse wrote:
i **** techers should be shutting up and do da job thay are payed for
Oh the irony!
soprized yew sore it. It went so far over your head.
[quote][p][bold]Colcat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]black&whitehorse[/bold] wrote: i **** techers should be shutting up and do da job thay are payed for[/p][/quote]Oh the irony![/p][/quote]soprized yew sore it. It went so far over your head. K. Richardson

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