Teachers lose 7 minutes out of every 30 dealing with misbehaviour in lessons

For every 30 minutes of lesson time, teachers say that an average of seven minutes is lost due to misbehaviour.
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The latest National Behaviour Survey (DfE, 2024) has revealed a mismatch between school leaders’ view of behaviour in their schools and that of teachers and students.

Surveyed in May 2023, 67% of secondary school leaders reported “good” or “very good” student behaviour in the past week. However, only 43% of teachers and 40% of students in years 7 to 11 agreed.

Furthermore, while 55% of secondary school leaders in May 2023 reported a “calm and orderly” school environment “every day or most days” in the last week, only 51% of teachers and 48% of students agreed.

In May 2023, 79% of secondary teachers reported that misbehaviour had stopped or interrupted teaching in at least some lessons in the past week.

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