Disruptive behaviour is reaching epidemic point in UK classrooms and the repercussions are far-reaching. A recent report by the Policy Exchange, ‘It Just Grinds You Down’, shone a light on the state of disruptive behaviour in schools, revealing a very serious problem.
In 2016/2017, 35.7% of permanent exclusions in primary, secondary, special schools were due to disruptive behaviour. Three quarters of teachers believe that low level disruptive behaviour happens either frequently or very frequently, and 72% of teachers know someone who has quit the profession due to poor student behaviour.
Disruptive behaviour is a widespread and significant problem in UK schools, but it’s not just disruptive students that are paying the price for their behaviour.
What Counts as Disruptive Behaviour?
In 2013, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) published a press release on disruptive
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