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Shocking figures

Discussion in 'Education news' started by eglebert, Apr 9, 2018.

  1. eglebert

    eglebert New commenter

    I have copied this from today's Express And Star.....I had no idea.
    More than 300 children were excluded from Wolverhampton schools for attacks on teachers in less than five years, shock new figures have revealed. Attacks included a young student using a skipping rope as a whip, while a teacher was struck with a snooker cue.

    In other cases unruly pupils hurled shoes, plant pots and pebbles at their tutors.

    Since 2012/13 there have been 220 temporary exclusions at primary schools in Wolverhampton, with 17 children expelled.

    In the city's secondary schools there were 87 fixed-term exclusions and seven permanent.

    Lib Dems say teachers and staff are facing a ‘war zone’ in the city's classrooms, a claim the local council says is 'wholly unfair'.

    Rob Quarmby, a Lib Dem campaigner, said the figures were a 'scandal' that proved there was 'a plague of violence in our schools'.

    “It is disturbing that so many young children are exhibiting such violence," he said.

    “Classrooms are supposed to be places of learning but for a small minority of kids who are off the rails they seem to think they are war zones. Teachers need to be able to discipline children who get out of line.”

    Union NASUWT general secretary, Chris Keates, said: “The NASUWT is being inundated with teachers who are reporting assaults that are happening to them on a daily basis.

    "No teacher or other worker should go to work with an expectation that they should tolerate violence and abuse.

    “Yet evidence shows that teachers are not receiving the support to tackle these issues.

    “Where a pupil is known to exhibit violent and disruptive behaviour, a risk assessment should be undertaken and action taken to support the pupil to address their behaviour and to protect other pupils and staff.

    “Employers who fail to disclose safety information leave themselves vulnerable to legal challenge and industrial action, but more importantly they are behaving recklessly with the health and wellbeing of staff and other pupils and this simply cannot be justified.”

    Bill Hague, Wolverhampton council's head of school planning and resources, said the authority was determined to do all it can to eradicate violence in the classroom.

    But he added: “It is wholly unfair to describe classrooms in Wolverhampton as 'war zones'.

    "We have well over 100 schools in Wolverhampton; pupil behaviour is one of the areas that Ofsted considers as part of its inspection regime and evidencing good behaviour has been key in helping nearly 90 per cent of schools in the city to be rated either Good or Outstanding."
  2. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Lead commenter

    Horrendous figures indeed.

    Quite apart from anything else is it normal that more pupils are excluded from primary schools than secondary?
  3. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Bad, but less than one pupil per school per year.
  4. Catgirl1964

    Catgirl1964 Occasional commenter

    Shocking figures but kids today have little self control and seem to think they can get away with all sorts of atrocious behaviour. Unfortunately, in the current climate they do seem to.
  5. install

    install Star commenter

    The sad part of this in some schools is when some hts blame poor behaviour such as this on poor lessons.
    SomethingWicked and galerider123 like this.
  6. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    in law your manager is responsible for your Health and Safety at Work. (as are we all of course) might be a good focus for the Unions to get on BEFORE injuries occur. The pupils concerned will not usually have performed like this out of the blue.
  7. Lalex123

    Lalex123 Occasional commenter

    Many students are violent like this at home (or see it from family members) and so have little self control. I was teaching a boy who refused to sit down in his chair. He kept shouting at other pupils and completed no work. When I told him he had detention, he picked up the nearest object (a drum cymbal) and threw it at me like a frisbee. Thankfully it didn’t hit me. Nothing was done by SM so I decided not to put him in detention again. He continued to become more and more disruptive and after the majority of his teachers complained about his unsafe behaviour, he was excluded.

    By out of the blue do you mean after disciplining a child? Because sometimes that’s all it takes for some children to become violent.
  8. drek

    drek Lead commenter

    I'm not surprised only a bit shocked that Its finally being reported correctly as abuses faced because of students being 'off the rails' instead of the usual platitudes of 'lessons not being engaging enough' and teachers being blamed.
    10 years ago a very drunk big hulking year 11 student (known by school leaders for resultant erratic violent behaviour), kept getting sent back to lessons after a cuppa and soothing chat with the head of year.
    She stampeded heavily into the teacher and causing injury to the ankle.
    Her excuse was 'something going off in corridor' so trampling was ok.....
    line manager and HR requested staff to fill a pink coloured injury And to follow up with parents and fill in a detention slip.....
    No other follow up by the school.....
    This student never attended any detentions ever (staff told to be understanding....)
    In fact the folder which contained hundreds of pink forms was subsequently lost by the same HR officer and a new head during a 'clear out'.....shortly after they started to place a lot of teachers on 'support' following an RI judgement.
    Parents ignored phone calls and letters home. (From year 8 onwards)
    Student back in lessons with zero change in attitude.........
    School would not exclude her because dfe had put out a press release about 'high number of exclusions'..... they have done that recently....so expect a high number of unreported abuses....
    To be honest she was probably safer in school than outside in that state.
    It's other students and staff that aren't safe around out of control students.
    school leadership find the solution of leaving 30 or more students with around 5 or 6 uncontrollable ones with one lone adult.....whose 'teaching skills' they can then later claim to 'support and improve'.....
    this solution is perfectly reasonable and acceptable to the dfe, unions, Ofsted and parents.........for many many years now....
  9. Benbamboo

    Benbamboo Occasional commenter

    Two ways to look at this:

    1) Schools in Wolverhampton have children who exhibit more violent tendencies or

    2) Schools in Wolverhampton don't put up with children who exhibit more violent tendencies and try to protect their staff

    I wonder how many schools nationwide would deal with some of these issues with an internal isolation, especially in the primary schools, hiding the extent of these problems across the country.

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