Behaviour issue still divides staff
The report contains no major surprises. Low-level indiscipline continues to sap stamina and demotivate teachers; violent incidents are rare and likely to occur outside the classroom; and well-behaved pupils are fed up of the impact on their education from those who consistently disrupt.
But the gap between headteachers' and teachers' perceptions of discipline is a concern. The Headteachers' Association of Scotland argues that its members can take a more balanced over-arching view, and laughs off any suggestion that it is a view conditioned in their cosy offices. There is little doubt, however, that those heads who offer the greatest support to their teaching and other staff have the best discipline. Consistency matters, and teachers need to know they will be backed up by their senior managers.