'More bullies' in teaching

24th July 1998 at 01:00
TEACHING produces more adult bullies than any other profession, according to a national hotline for workplace victims.

Teachers and lecturers account for one fifth of calls to the National Workplace Bullying Advice Line. Most of the victims are talented teachers, popular with pupils, while the bullies are most often heads, says campaigner Tim Field, who runs the service.

He says he has had more than 2,000 calls since the start of 1996 with only the health service approaching the level of bullying found in schools. Last week a deputy head won Pounds 101,000 in an out-of-court settlement from the (now defunct) Dyfed Council after alleging that he had been systematically bullied by his headteacher.

Tim Field's findings are backed up by Judith Jackson from the Andrea Adams Trust, a new charity set up to combat workplace bullying: "There certainly does seem to be a preponderance from teaching and lecturing," she said.

The national advice line is on: 01235 834548. For information from the Andrea Adams Trust, send an SAE to Maritime Hs, Basin Rd N., Portslade, Brighton BN41 1WA.

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