Kids are less disruptive in Moray classrooms

14th April 2006 at 01:00
Most teachers, most weeks in Moray have few discipline problems in class, a survey of primary and secondary staff shows.

More than 500 primary and 360 secondary teachers recorded behaviour over a week last September and told the authority of a generally positive climate.

Some 76 per cent of secondary staff and 86 per cent of primary staff stated that 70 per cent or more of pupils behaved well during the survey period, a typical week for most. Secondary staff were more likely to complain about pupils. The most common trouble is talking out of turn, mentioned by almost half (46 per cent) of secondary staff and nearly 32 per cent of primary staff.

Next is unnecessary non-verbal noise, mentioned by 26 per cent of secondary staff and 17 per cent in the primary sector, followed by hindering other pupils - 23 per cent of secondary and 17 per cent of primary staff.

Eating or chewing gum in class annoys 29 per cent of secondary teachers daily. One in five secondary pupils (22 per cent) is said to display "calculated idleness", against 10 per cent in primary.

Only 2 per cent of staff in both sectors report that pupils were physically aggressive towards them, while 13 per cent of secondary and 16 per cent of primary staff report pupils acting aggressively to other pupils.

"A significantly high number of staff" say that disruptive behaviour has little impact on learning and teaching.

When asked what training they would like, top of the list in primary and secondary were specific classroom strategies, whole-school approaches to indiscipline and solution-oriented approaches.

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