I have been verbally abused many times in front of lots of students. If you are seen to 'provoke' the child then you're on to a loser. By 'provoke' I mean consistently asking them to get on with their work, maybe the massive provocation of simply being in the classroom and not understanding or being aware of their latest 'issues'. God help you if you happen to shout at them because you are angry that they have just kicked the living daylights out of some other student. I am well aware some students have genuinely horrific backgrounds. I am passionate about providing a safe and rewarding environment in which they can achieve. It is the main reason I came in to teaching. However, there is such a ?blame culture? and we are expected to be on the receiving end of it all the time. The disparity between our welfare and the students is huge. Example: A colleague was repeatedly abused in front of a large amount of pupils, however due to the shear embarrassment of the situation laughed as she did not know what else to do. This was deemed 'provocation' for the abuse to continue. No consideration was given to the fact the teacher did nothing whatsoever to warrant the abuse in the first place (if there is such a thing as warranting abuse!!!). The pupil was given 'a little holiday' yet at no point was a face-to-face apology offered. At no point was the teacher asked about her welfare. Is this normal? Are teachers made to feel like second class citizens in your school?