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PUBLISHED: 16:33 08 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:36 23 August 2010

AN EDUCATION advisor blames a lack of respect for teachers as the reason why a quarter of education professionals claim they have been attacked by violent students. Figures released by The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) on Monday also show 4

AN EDUCATION advisor blames a lack of respect for teachers as the reason why a quarter of education professionals claim they have been attacked by violent students.

Figures released by The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) on Monday also show 40 per cent have been confronted by an aggressive parent or guardian.

Gravesend-based education advisor Peter Read was not shocked by the amount of those in the profession who have been attacked.

He said: "This shows the level of respect held by society for the teaching profession in England as distinct from the high respect shown in most other European countries. This can be seen on TV programmes media commentators and I'm not surprised children and their parents pick up on this lack of respect.

"It's clear to me and to other commentators that good leadership from the top of the school plays a great part in setting good standards."

The survey questioned over 1,000 teachers, lecturers and support staff nationwide about behaviour issues in the classroom.

More than 40 per cent of the respondents said student behaviour has got worse over the past two years and 58 per cent claimed it has worsened over the past five years.

Eighty-seven per cent of staff had dealt with a disruptive student during the 2008-09 school year and nearly 90 per cent of these cases involved low level disruption such as talking in class, not paying attention or messing around.

ATL general secretary Mary Bousted said: "It is distressing that poor student behaviour continues to be a widespread problem in schools and shocking that over a third of teaching staff have experienced aggression from students' parents or guardians.

"ATL firmly believes that no member of staff should be subjected to violent behaviour by either students or parents. Parents should be acting as good role models by supporting staff and helping them create a more positive learning environment for their children."

jason.goodyer@archant.co.uk

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