Inadequate training in tackling disruptive behaviour has left many teachers struggling to cope with rowdy pupils, leading them to leave the profession early.
A survey of over 770 teachers commissioned by the Teacher Support Network Group (TSNG) revealed that almost a quarter of them felt their initial teacher training had prepared them not very well or not at all well to cope with real-life issues, the Independent reports.
One in four also said that their training did not equip them for managing or disciplining disruptive pupils, with evidence showing that four out of 10 teachers are quitting the classroom within five years of finishing their training. Earlier this year, the chief schools inspector echoed the teachers’ claims about inadequate training: “There is no such thing as a bad newly qualified teacher – just one that is badly trained,” Sir Michael Wilshaw said.
The survey also revealed that 42% of teachers had not been able to take advantage of all the additional training they believed they needed and more than half of them blamed cuts in spending.
Julian Stanley from the TSNG said: “If our teachers are not well trained and supported, is it any wonder that 40% are quitting the profession in their first five years? Our survey suggests that many existing training programmes do not adequately prepare teachers for some of the key challenges they face, like managing poor student behaviour and handling the pressure of increasing workloads.”
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