Talks over be­hav­iour in classes

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TA L K S w i l l b e h e l d be­tween Dundee City Coun­cil and Scot­land’s largest teach­ing union over how to deal with vi­o­lent and ag­gres­sive pupils.

The Ed­u­ca­tional In­sti­tute of Scot­land (EIS) con­firmed the meet­ing will be held i n the wake of con­cerns raised by staff over t he con­tro­ver­sial Al­ter­na­tive to Ex­clu­sion scheme.

The ini­tia­tive was in­tro­duced i n 2013 to help tackle ex­clu­sion prob­lems in four sec­ondary schools across the city, but it has proved un­pop­u­lar with some staff.

David Bax­ter, EIS branch sec­re­tary in Dundee, said: “Be­hav­iour in classes is an issue that has been raised and author­i­ties say they want to work with us on this. We’re go­ing to have a meet­ing with a wide range of bod­ies rep­re­sent­ing teach­ers, class­room as­sis­tants and other staff.

“At the mo­ment, each school is run­ning a dif­fer­ent vari­a­tion, so there is a mixed pic­ture across the city. I think we need to look again at what is the best prac­tice for the wider life of the school.”

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