Timid parents blamed for kids' bad behaviour in classrooms

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 25, 2013 10:00 hrs

Teachers are blaming timid parents for breeding a generation of rowdy schoolchildren, according to a new survey.

Ninety per cent of teachers surveyed by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers revealed that they had dealt with disruptive pupils, with bad behaviour including swearing, attacks on staff and trashed classrooms.

Three-quarters of the teachers said parents who do not set and enforce rules at home were responsible for yobbishness in class, the Daily Express reported.

Children's behavioural and emotional problems, attention seeking and a lack of positive role models were also said to fuel the problem.

More than half of those surveyed said student behaviour had worsened in the last five years.

Swearing and verbal abuse were the most common problems described, followed by bullying and breaking classmates' belongings.

Staff are also kicked, bitten and spat at. Forty of the teachers interviewed had been physically assaulted at school.

One primary teacher in West Sussex told of a five-year-old "swearing at staff, punching, kicking, hitting staff and other children, smashing up furniture and equipment".

Another in Cheshire said: "I have been kicked in the head, spat at, called disgusting names, told to **** off, had the classroom trashed regularly and items thrown."

Teachers are suffering the backlash from deteriorating standards of behaviour, said ATL general secretary Dr Mary Bousted.

They are frequently on the receiving end of children's frustration and unhappiness and have to deal with the fall-out from parents failing to set boundaries and from family breakdowns, she added. (ANI)

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