Teaching unions: Around the Easter conference halls

The NASUWT, the National Union of Teachers, and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers all met for their respective annual conferences during the Easter period, with teachers debating a range of issues. Alongside their special reports (see below) Dorothy Lepkowska and Jessica Morgan round up some of the highlights

A third of teachers have fallen victim to online abuse from pupils and parents over the past year, yet the majority of schools have no guidelines in place to support them, according to a study.

The report, published by the NASUWT during its annual conference in Manchester, found that in almost half of cases no follow-up action was taken. More than a third of teachers stopped using social media to protect their privacy.

While 83 per cent of the 1,507 respondents said their school had social media policies in place, 68 per cent said these did not contain any references to supporting staff.

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