Fifteen Notts primary schools to train teachers to deal with disruptive pupils
FIFTEEN schools in Nottingham are to provide their own training for new teachers – to help deal with the problem of disruptive pupils.
The primary schools say that many teachers fresh out of college find it hard to cope with classes.
So instead they are running their own training scheme specifically aimed at dealing with life in inner-city schools.
And teachers in Nottingham have welcomed the move, after facing growing problems in recent years.
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They say they have encountered:
Pupils jumping out of ground floor windows during lessons
Being threatened, sworn at and spat at
Having bags thrown at them.
One city teacher, who did not want to be named, said: "It's sad. In some classes there are three or four pupils trying to get on with their work and all around them there is mayhem, shouting and missiles being thrown."
The new scheme is headed by Diana Owen, head teacher at the Huntingdon Academy in St Ann's.
She said: "The results of schools in some urban parts of the city are not good enough.
"We hope that with this training, this can change.
"It is common that teachers starting their career in an urban school find it difficult coping with some of the problems they face."
Other schools in St Ann's will be involved, along with some in Lenton, Hyson Green, Dunkirk, Radford, Sneinton, Mapperley and The Meadows.
Carol Norman, head teacher at Welbeck Primary in The Meadows, which is one of the schools involved in the scheme, said: "We all have many strengths and areas of expertise which need to be shared."
Dawn Munroe, who has a child at Huntingdon, said: "I think it is really positive to know that teachers will be trained to such a high standard."