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Poster campaign to highlight teacher abuse

The NASUWT has produced posters for schools designed to make a statement on the expectation of how staff should be treated

TEACHERS have launched a poster campaign to highlight the issue of abuse of staff.

The NASUWT union is urging all employers of teachers to make a clear commitment to protecting them from verbal and physical abuse from pupils, parents and other visitors to schools.

It has produced posters for schools designed to make a public statement on the expectation of how staff should be treated.

More than eight in 10 teachers have said there is a widespread problem of poor pupil behaviour in schools today, according to an NASUWT survey.

Pupil indiscipline is now second only to workload in teachers' top concerns about their job.

Almost 60 per cent claimed they had been subjected to verbal abuse by a pupil in the last 12 months and 27 per cent said they had been verbally abused by a parent or carer.

In addition, 18 per cent received threats of physical assault by a pupil and 14 per cent had been physically assaulted.

"Go into any NHS hospital, GP surgery, railway station and many other workplaces and you will find posters being displayed which state clearly the expectations of how staff should be treated and that abuse of staff will not be tolerated," said Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary.

"The NASUWT believes that those who employ teachers and headteachers should also be prepared to make such a clear commitment to the safety and dignity of their staff.

"All teachers and headteachers are entitled to a safe working environment free from violence and abuse. Employers have a legal duty of care to provide this."

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