Commenting on Ofsted’s report, Below the Radar-Low Level Disruption in the Country’s Classrooms, Chris Head NASUWT North Yorkshire County Secretary, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said:

“The Chief Inspector is, as usual, talking nonsense to suggest that teachers accept poor behaviour from pupils or are failing to address it.

“The NASUWT’s annual Big Question survey of teachers, which we have been conducting for the last three years and to which we had over 12,000 responses this year, demonstrates a widespread problem with low level disruption.

“This survey shows that teachers are working hard to maintain high standards of behaviour, but in too many cases are not being supported appropriately.

“Teachers need to be backed by school management, but regrettably too many school leaders have not taught for years and have lost touch with the day-to-day realities of the classroom.

“The impact of government policies are also contributing to the problem of poor behaviour

“Schools are losing specialist behaviour support because of cuts to local authority budgets. Narrowing of the curriculum offer is leading to disaffection among young people. Schools are using increasing numbers of unqualified staff to replace teachers and essential guidance and support which used to exist for schools has been axed from the DfE website.

“None of this is helping teachers to maintain discipline in the classroom.

“What teachers want is resources and clear, consistent support so that valuable teaching time is not wasted getting pupils ready to learn.”

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