WATCH: Schools have 'blame-the-teacher culture' on behaviour

NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates reflects on the union's 2019 annual conference

Martin George

Martin George

Chris Keates reflects on the 2019 NASUWT annual conference in Belfast.

Some schools are responding to pupil misbehaviour with a "blame-the-teacher culture", a union leader has warned.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, reflected on the organisation's annual conference in Belfast in a Tes video.

She said that pay, working conditions and pupil indiscipline were major issues.

Ms Keates added: "Teachers are feeling they are not being valued as professionals in any of those areas of their work."

She said larger class sizes and a lack of support for pupils with SEND in mainstream schools were contributing to an increase in pupil indiscipline.

She also raised concerns about a "blame the teacher culture" in how some schools respond to pupil indiscipline.

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