UK teachers strike over unruly pupils

2011-04-07 14:00

London - Teachers protesting over pupil indiscipline and a lack of management support for them have gone on strike for a day at a troubled Lancashire secondary school.

They say incidents of intimidation by pupils, threats of violence and swearing at staff are rife at the Darwen Vale High School near Blackburn.

They allege they have also been filmed by pupils on their mobile phones without their permission.

Staff, some carrying placards, picketed the gates as they began their day of action at the 1 150-pupil school.

Teaching unions frequently warn about the standard of behaviour in schools but strikes over the issue are rare. Most teacher strikes concern pay and conditions.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the largest teachers' union, the NASUWT, said the problem had become so bad that staff could no longer safely teach at the school.

Ill-discipline denied

"The teachers have been left with no other option to take strike action," he said.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the support staff union Unison are also supporting the action.

Harry Davenport, director of education at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, denied there was a "serious indiscipline problem at the school" and called the action disappointing.

He said: "Clearly there is a need for the leadership of the school, the governors and the staff and the unions, to work together to just clarify exactly what the issues are and what actions they feel are necessary to put this right."

On Monday, Education Secretary Michael Gove issued new guidance to schools on discipline, saying that in extreme circumstances head teachers could press criminal charges against pupils who make malicious allegations against teachers.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-04-07 14:04

    About F#*king time...Unruly little b@$tards...No respect whatsoever !

  • Gorilla - 2011-04-07 14:17

    Great news. Little british kids are yobs of note and most need a bloody good hiding. same goes for the youth is SA although not as bad as the UK. Still a firm believer in bringing back a damn good jacking for these disrespectful snots.

      Flee - 2011-04-07 16:43

      I agree, give them six of the best... see if these snot noses have anything to say after that... Little bloody spoiled brats.....

      Jaimo - 2011-04-07 18:01

      They need a damn good wacking!!

  • pop101 - 2011-04-07 14:23


  • symbiosis1981 - 2011-04-07 14:43

    this makes me think of Vicky from Little Britain. LOL.

  • Chez - 2011-04-07 14:46

    Friend of the family went over to the UK to teach - even though she stayed there, she complained endlessly about how she much preferred teaching in Khayelitsha to the UK, because at least in Kheyelitsha she didn't have to worry about being sworn at and threatened every day.

  • edvermaak - 2011-04-07 14:50

    It's called "free education". What governments should do is pay the cost of education to individuals. Then it will be their choice what to do with it. Right now, it's a waste of money. Rather let the kids spend it on drugs :)

  • BRONZE - 2011-04-07 14:55

    And people think SA is the pits. Yeah we have our problems with our education system but I do wish people would stop making it seem we are the worst of the lot. Everywhere people complain of public schools. It just makes me wonder why all of them, in all countries, are failing so much. Maybe we should bring back corporal punishment, it might just work. Though I have to say that being made to run 3x around the soccer field as punishment worked just as well.

      edvermaak - 2011-04-07 15:00

      Exactly. I agree. Bliksem them into submission....

  • Old Man - 2011-04-07 15:31

    This is what you get for being so PC...

  • R013 - 2011-04-07 17:04

    Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them. - Proverbs 13:24

  • Hash - 2011-04-07 17:31

    A colik of mine was offered a teaching job in ngland.On his first day he asked the Grade 9 students what will they want to be after high school.One of the student girls told him that she would be a prostitude and the teacher will be her first client,shocking.

  • flamewulf - 2011-04-07 22:11

    Smacking children is illegal in the UK. I wonder why they have problems with spoilt brats.

  • SummerWind - 2011-04-08 08:17

    Its the teachers fault. Teachers from third world countries. Can't even speak English properly. Frustrating the kids with sub standard education!

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