Schools must give teachers more power to discipline students or more will continue to leave the profession
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A third of teachers plan to leave the profession within five years with 16% ready to go in 12 months, according to a disturbing YouGov poll in The Times.
There seems to be no clear reason for the giant exodus. It can’t be working conditions. No weekend working, 13 weeks a year holidays. Plumbers would die for those hours.
I suspect it’s because in state schools they are not given unlimited disciplinary powers.
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I know a couple of teachers who have to suck up abuse (both physical and mental) from nasty 15-year-olds and instead of them facing either lengthy detentions or even better being kicked out of the school altogether, the kids simply get a slap on the wrist.
I want the kids to know who is boss. If that can’t be achieved expect more and more teachers to go early. And I don’t blame them.
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