ATL comment on behaviour in schools

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Press release
24 March 2017 by ATL Media Office
Commenting on the report on behaviour in schools by Tom Bennett, the Department for Education’s adviser on behaviour in schools, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:

“It is good to see the Bennett report, which references ATL members’ views and experiences, recognises the pupil behaviour challenges facing many schools, particularly in a time of teacher shortages and school funding cuts.

“It’s refreshing that the report recognises the impact of workload on the capacity of staff to deliver positive but time-heavy behaviour interventions, and the need for investment in high-quality behaviour training for teachers during their training and throughout their career.

"However, there are some worrying omissions in this report; special educational needs are hardly mentioned and the role of external agencies for health, child and adolescent mental health services, social care and the police is conspicuous by its absence. We are also concerned that the emphasis on the role of school leaders, while obviously important, leaves little space for all school staff to participate in creating a positive culture and designing a whole-school behaviour policy.

“We hope the Government will note the workload and funding implications in this report – the start-up costs for new behaviour initiatives, employing a school counsellor and a full-time administrator for a centralised detention system, investing in training for school leaders and their staff, and giving staff the capacity to put positive behaviour interventions in place, alongside everything else they have to do.”

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