Student behaviour is fourth most cited reason for quitting

One in five members of school staff have experienced emotional or physical violence from a student in the previous three months, a large-scale study has revealed.
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Staff in the research say that disruption caused by poor behaviour is currently worse than pre-pandemic levels and there are concerns that poor behaviour is becoming a key factor driving teacher resignations.

The study, which has been published by Edurio, sought feedback from students, school staff and parents during the 2022/23 academic year. It includes the views of around 49,000 school staff as well as 78,000 students, the majority of whom are in key stages 3 and 4.

It finds that 42% of students report experiencing disruption in their lessons and learning due to poor behaviour.

And some of the school staff in the study have significant concerns about behaviour, with 11% reporting that disruption to their lessons is a constant problem while a further 26% say that they “often” have classroom disruption due to poor behaviour.

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