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Trebling of 'refusal to teach' ballot

Discussion in 'Education news' started by stonerose, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. stonerose

    stonerose Occasional commenter

    Have just read on TES site that there has been a trebling of 'refusal to teach' ballots in schools and it has become the second most common cause for concern among teachers. What a surprise - not.

    Would like to hear Tessers' views on this.

    (Apologies to all for not providing link here.)
  2. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide


    A trebling? Well yes, that's strictly correct but a very misleading way of expressing the number of ballots. There were 3 in 2015 rising to 8 in 2017 and 14 in 2018.

    I'm surprised it's the second biggest concern. I'd have thought that pay and workload would be the top two but according to NASUWT their members think teaching violent pupils is a greater concern than at least one of those. (The link in the article to NASUWT's details isn't working for me.)

    TES don't say so, but surely it's only secondary teachers who put this as their second biggest concern? Seems unlikely that primary, where the majority of the profession teach, feel that way.
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2019
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  3. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Pay and workload are serious but long term issues. Teachers deal with them, and plan to escape with greater or lesser success. Violently disruptive pupils cause intense immediate stress and can turn an effective days work into very little as well as affecting the education of very large numbers of other children, and of course triggering management into your classroom who may suggest that it's all the teacher's fault.
    Mrs P left a job four years ago because the stress of dealing with a small group of inadequately supported poorly support 8 year olds.
    I agree with @Rott Weiler that at the moment it is a very small sample size and not necessarily indicative of the size of the problem.

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