Parents 'Lash Out' At One In 10 Teachers

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Parents 'Lash Out' At One In 10 Teachers

Post by Guest on Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:16 am

More than one in 10 headteachers has been attacked by a parent of a pupil at their school, new figures have revealed.


Many teachers claimed parents had turned up drunk or on drugs

Assaults on school leaders ranged from being punched, kicked, spat on, head-butted, bitten, attacked with chairs and tables and even sexual assaults, the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said.

Almost 75% of those questioned in a survey said they had suffered verbal abuse or threats from a parent in the last five years.
Some even claimed parents had turned up at school drunk or high on drugs.

Around 20% said they had been victimised on a social networking site and more than 68% said parents' behaviour towards teachers had worsened over time.

Russell Hobby, general secretary of the NAHT, said: "Policy-makers need to be aware that school leaders are not faceless bureaucrats who must be exposed to the public to help them 'shape up'.

"They live and work in the cities, towns and villages that they serve. They meet parents daily inside and outside school, and they are instantly recognisable. Alone, in the school car park after a late governors' meeting, parental pressure can take on a new meaning. The vast majority of families are a pleasure to work with, but not all. Emotions run high when children are involved. School leaders often have to make difficult decisions about discipline, exclusions, holidays and the distribution of limited budgets. Many come under unacceptable pressure designed to effect undue influence on them. All are dedicated to doing what is best for the children in their care. Some pay a high personal cost for this dedication."

Almost 1,400 members of the NAHT took part in the survey. A Department for Education spokesman responded: "Violence against staff by parents or pupils is completely unacceptable. A physical assault against a teacher is a criminal offence and we support schools in working with the police to take firm action where needed."

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......and we question the behaviour of our children when they have such great role models to look up to? Evil or Very Mad

It's very difficult to expect children to respect teachers and other adults when their parents behave in such a disgraceful manner No

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Re: Parents 'Lash Out' At One In 10 Teachers

Post by Guest on Sat Apr 30, 2011 9:34 am

And then we wonder why there's no discipline in schools! Sad

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