Surge in number of primary school children expelled for attacking teachers

Surge in number of primary school children expelled for attacking teachers

31/07/2017

The Guardian has reported official figures show the number of primary school children expelled for attacking teachers has increased by 75 per cent over the past four years.

Last year, the equivalent of one child a day was permanently excluded for physically assaulting an adult, according to data released by the Department for Education (DfE).

Experts have blamed the breakdown in classroom discipline on a change in culture where the “rights” of students are seen as equal or more important than those of teachers.

A third (32 per cent) of primary school children were permanently excluded last year for attacking a teacher, making it the second biggest category after “persistent disruptive behaviour”. A further eight per cent were excluded for verbal assaults against teachers.

Calla is a body camera that teachers can wear to help reclaim confidence and authority in the class room. This can happen by detering bad behaviour as students are aware they could be recorded, and also through justifiably sharing bad behaviour with other members of staff and parents when needed to encourage a joint approach to discipline.

We are currently seeing positive results from schools who are trialling body cameras. One teacher has said "We need the cameras to film students to show them, their parents and sometimes the governors or police how they have behaved. Young people can learn if they see themselves."

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