I’ve been hit. And It’s not un­usual

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News -

I’ve been hit on the arms and body and had items thrown at me. It’s not un­usual.

There have been cases where a pupil in­volved in some­thing like this is taken for some kind of treat - such as a take­away meal – to show them how nice things can be if they be­have.

In ef­fect, they are ac­tu­ally be­ing re­warded for bad be­hav­iour. The whole sit­u­a­tion with dis­ci­pline is aw­ful.

Many teach­ers I know have been phys­i­cally at­tacked at some point. The tools teach­ers have to deal with such be­hav­iour are “restora­tive chats”.

If it’s a pri­mary school pupil, they have five min­utes of their golden time – a pe­riod where they can choose their own ac­tiv­ity – re­moved.

Things have got to the point where I have a sense of fear go­ing into school ev­ery day and I know there are many oth­ers who feel the same.

You don’t know what you might have to deal with.

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