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Assalted at school

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by lizn1, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. I had a child hit me twice while working today so I had the TA remove him from the classroom and take him to the head teacher. I am not there to be abused, particularly given my agencies policy does not allow me to touch a child (therefore I would have been unable to restrain him if he did it again).
    The Senco came in to speak to me, basically asked if I was okay and what happened because that child "doesn't normally behave like that". I explained to her that I had asked the child twice to either put away his paper (that he was clearly waiting to throw), or put it in the bin. He refused to do this so I went to pick it up off the desk in front of him and he hit me twice.
    I am put out about this for three reasons:
    1) I felt that what she said was suggesting that it must have been my fault.
    2) The head teacher, who was supposed to be dealing with it, did not speak to me once aboout the incident despite my seeing her around the school on a number of occasions.
    3) I was not made aware of the consequences that this boy is facing. While I obviously do not have a right to know, I would like to know it is being treated seriously before he does it to someone else.

    Am I being unreasonable? I am feeling quite angry, not towards the child particularly, but because I was assalted, was questioned quite insultingly about it, and I don't know if it has been dealt with properly (I would have expected some follow up).

  2. I don't think you are being unreasonable at all. Everywhere I go I see signs stating "We will not tolerate physical or verbal abuse of our staff" or words to that effect. If you worked anywhere else would you have been treated in the same way?
    I know it's not the same thing but I had a child once walk into the classroom and tell me " I hate F******ng supply teachers" She was escorted to the heads office by the TA. He then suspended her for the day, phoned home and got her parents to fetch her. I was glad that it had been dealt with seriously but it left me feeling like rubbish all day.
  3. Well after this hitting incident I tried to get on with things and there was one child who was just wandering around the class stopping for a chat, so when he got back to his place I went over, opened his book on the right page and put the sheet there for him. He tried to close the book on my hand, when I opened itback to get my hand out he said "What the **** are you doing? Get out of my f***ing face" and went on some tirade shouting at me. This happened when the Senco had walked in so she saw it and her advice?To leave him to do what he wanted as he had 'behavioural problems' (no s**t!! Really?) To be honest she seemed scared of him to me (he was 9), but surely if hes always just left to do his thing hes never going to learn!? Anyway my point is that there was a total lack of action on thiswhich is what leads me to believe that they won't do anything about the child who assalted me.
    What would you do in this situation? Should I make enquiries? Surely his actions count as assalt which is illegal?
  4. The problems with going to the police can be three-fold. Firstly, if the police do go around to the school and start asking questions, the word might get about to other schools and to your agency, making getting further bookings even more difficult. Secondly, the police might simply not want to know, although I do not beleive they can actually refuse to take your report. Thirdly, if the matter does get investigated, you, as the supply teacher, might end up with the blame, as this is the 'expedient' thing for the school (and, perhaps, the police too, if this is not being too cynical) to do.
    The is a very cynical maxim, which says that it is much easier to blame the victim than the miscreant: after all, the former is already standing in front of you!
  5. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I'd have been very tempted to suggest that she be more choosy about her sexual partners, but I doubt if that would have helped the situation ;-)
  6. When it happened, the TA saw the second hit and the child admitted hitting me - when asked if he had he said 'yeah' like it wasnt a big deal at all! Clearly given that attitude he did not realise the seriousness of the situation, I just want some reassurance that the school has taken it seriously and the child has been appropriately reprimanded.
    I don't feel that I am asking a lot and yet having reported the incident to my agency, I would have expected to hear something back but I have heard nothing.
  7. The Senco came in to speak to me, basically asked if I was okay and what happened because that child "doesn't normally behave like that".
    Oh, I do hate that attitude! It is such a cop-out to blame the supply teacher. I have found this myself...the default setting seems to be to 'blame the victim' as someone else has pointed out.
    Why aren't schools dealing with this attitiude that some children have towards any change in the classroom? I know it is not only supply teachers that are affected in some schools. I have had regular members of staff say to me things like 'Watch out for that class. When I had to take them they ate me alive'. Or ' I absolutely hate taking that class each week. I dread going in there'. Yet nobody is saying to these regular members of staff that the child or children are not normally like that.
    So many children these days just don't seem able to deal with changes. I am perhaps being generous here....maybe they see an opportunity to play up. What ever it is I wish schools would address the issue.
  8. Pennyforyourthoughts

    Pennyforyourthoughts Occasional commenter

    I suggest that YOU follow the case up. Ask direct what course of action was taken. If they fudge it to your face you will know that their behavioural policy is not worth the paper it is written on unless action is taken.
    It is quite normal for supply teachers to follow up situations which the permanent teachers are required to sort out, by not asking you are making assumptions based on non communication. Communicate with them, find out what action was taken AND then if you are not happy with what they did ..... ask why it was not taken more seriously.

  9. You can do this if you want, but I doubt if they would have ever have you back at the school. Sometimes decisions take that into account too. Quite a few of the challenging schools I work in could be categorised:"their behavioural policy is not worth the paper it is written", but those challenging schools are mostly paying my wages.

    On supply, on a number of occasions, I stood for my rights with certain schools. Once down that road you know you won't get invited back even though you are in the right. Problem now is, there aren't that many schools using supply, at least in my areas.
  10. Trust me, I'm not going back there again - more relating to the poor attitude exibited by adults rather than the children - a large number of the children were lovely, I feel sorry for what they have to put up with. I work in London so I tend to be fine with getting work and I don't usually mind challenging schools as I tend to be okay with behaviour management. I really don't need the hassle with going back to a school where children think its acceptable to assalt people.
    My representative at the supply agency has told me that she asked the headteacher to contact her on Monday when she heard about the incident and is still waiting for a reply, which personally I don't think is good enough. I'm sure he would have bothered responding pretty quick if I actually had gone to the police. I have submitted a written statement about what happened and the agency assure me that they are investigating the situation.We shall see what happens!
  11. Pennyforyourthoughts, I think the hardest schools are not the ones with the most challenging pupils, but the ones which the behaviour has been poorly addressed by the school, particularly with regard to supply. I've been in a few which basically are in denial over pupil behaviour, as other agendas override.

    You are right to take the matter up, please keep us posted

  12. Since all these so called "professionals" are refusing to listen then you must report this assault which is actually a CRIMINAL OFFENCE to the police.
    All the nonsense about not getting future work etc etc etc. So what! Bring them all to account. Use the criminal law and bring all those intimidators and bullies to account. Check it out with the CAB and they will agree...do not let the Ba******* of the hook.
    A young man pushed me in the street once and I called the police. They made a thorough search of the area and thanked me for making the report, reminding me that "...even poking me with a finger intentionally is defined as an assault...! So just do it and forget about the "blackmail"!
    HTs love their reputations and the reflected glory...bovine scat!

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