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Children ‘threatening to stab and kick pregnant teachers’ as pupil violence increases amid funding cuts (22/04/2019)
Schools must deal with “Teflon kids” amid reports of violent threats against pregnant staff, teachers have said. A motion calling for teachers to be defended . . . when their safety is “placed at risk by pupil indiscipline” was passed at the NASUWT teachers’ union conference in Belfast over Easter. Violence by students in schools has worsened following education budget cuts, teachers warned.
Messaging apps ‘expose teachers to aggression from parents’ (21/04/2019)
The rapid spread of email and messaging apps has triggered a surge in parents sending aggressive queries to their children’s teachers and demanding immediate . . . answers, according to a teaching union. Chris Keates, the general secretary of NASUWT, said her members had reported an increase in messages being sent via specialist school apps such as Class Dojo from parents. Often these message are sent as late as 1am and contain complaints about having to fill out forms or about the disciplining of their child.
More teachers suffering upskirting, union warns (21/04/2019)
Children as young as 11 are taking photos up teachers’ skirts, a union has claimed. The NASUWT teaching union says it has been receiving an increasing number of . . . reports of girls and female staff becoming victims of upskirting. Speaking at the union’s annual conference in Belfast today, general secretary Chris Keates said some schools do not take such reports seriously enough when staff become victims of the “deplorable” act.
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