“This survey shows that teachers need a lot more advice and clearer guidance in dealing with violence in the classroom," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families.
Commenting on a survey by The Association of Teachers and Lecturers showing that nearly half of new teachers asked felt they have not had enough training to deal with violence in the classroom and that almost two-thirds felt they had received no clear guidance on restraining violent students, David Laws said:
“This survey shows that teachers need a lot more advice and clearer guidance in dealing with violence in the classroom. This is particularly important because this government is bringing in a raft of new laws which will make it even more bureaucratic for teachers to break up fights and will require parents to be notified whenever force is used.
“There is a risk that if teachers are both untrained and concerned about the consequences of taking action to prevent violence, then they will be tempted to stand back rather than intervene to maintain a safe and well ordered environment.”