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Ending sexual harassment of teachers in schools

Female staff often suffer sexual harassment and many schools don't have adequate policies in place, says Zofia Niemtus

Imagine the scene: you are a female primary teacher comforting a student who is crying. The male headteacher suddenly pops his head around the door and says, in front of your class of six-year-olds, that he wishes he could sit on your lap, too. That’s what happened to one of the respondents to a poll on sexual harassment in schools by the NASUWT teaching union.

The survey, which was released last year, paints a grim picture. More than 80 per cent of the 1,200 teachers polled had suffered some form of sexual harassment at school, with 7 per cent experiencing harassment from colleagues and 6 ...

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