25 September 2014 - Unruly pupils spoil it all
Headteachers too soft on unruly pupils, says Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw
Richard Adams (The Guardian)
Headteachers who fail to enforce school discipline and “blur the lines between friendliness and familiarity” with unruly pupils are tolerating behaviour such as humming and fidgeting that disrupts lessons and takes up valuable teaching time, the head of Ofsted has warned.
Sir Michael Wilshaw’s comments, which came as the schools inspectorate in England released a report and survey on “low-level disruptive behaviour” during lessons, were immediately challenged by representatives of headteachers and drew an angry response from teaching unions. They cast the report as an attempt to drum up fear.
According to Ofsted’s report, disruptive behaviour such as talking in class and mobile phone use can cost pupils at the worst-affected state schools in England up to an hour a day in lost teaching time.
Katherine Sellgren (BBC News)
The report is also based on a YouGov survey of 1,024 parents and 1,048 teachers.
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DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOUR CITED BY TEACHERS
Disturbing other children (38%)
Calling out (35%)
Not getting on with work (31%)
Fidgeting or fiddling with equipment (23%)
Not having the correct equipment (19%)
Purposely making noise to gain attention (19%)
Answering back or questioning instructions (14%)
Using mobile devices (11%)
Swinging on chairs (11%).
Source: Poll conducted by YouGov for Ofsted
Laura Clark (The Daily Mail)
Inspectors said that while chaos in classrooms was largely a thing of the past, low-level disruption – such as pupils making silly comments to get attention, swinging on chairs, and using mobile phones – remained ‘very common’ in schools.
Some 72 per cent of secondary teachers and 62 per cent of primary believed it was a serious problem and had either a medium or high impact on learning.
The ‘deeply worrying’ findings showed that benefiting from calm and orderly classrooms was a lottery for many pupils, Ofsted’s report said.
Sean Coughlan (BBC News)
Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teachers' union, said its own survey, with 12,000 responses, showed there was a widespread problem with low-level disruption.
But she rejected the suggestion that staff were not intervening.
"The chief inspector is, as usual, talking nonsense to suggest that teachers accept this and are failing to address it," said Ms Keates.
"What teachers do say is that getting pupils ready to learn is eating into precious teaching time and they are frequently unsupported by school leaders who too often do not teach and are divorced from the day-to-day realities of life in the classroom."
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