The Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association today welcomed the analysis of “Better Behaviour – Better Learning” (BB-BL) issued by HMIE.
“It is very helpful to have this analysis of the position we face with regard to issues surrounding indiscipline” said David Eaglesham, General Secretary.
“The conclusion, however, indicates the extent to which the problems remain unaddressed. The BB-BL initiative has not impacted on a significant number of teachers with the result that it is largely irrelevant to them. In our view, the statement that 33% of secondary teachers perceive indiscipline as a problem represents a significant under-assessment. Our own surveys have indicated a level of over 80% in recent years.”
“Whilst much good practice has been going on in many schools, we have not yet reached a level where progress can be seen as being anything like sufficient. The variation in provision among local authorities is of great concern to the SSTA. If resources are not made available to all schools, initiatives will not happen. The overall lack of in-class assistance is an issue of great concern to SSTA members.”
“It is crucial that the intended funding actually reaches the classroom and the school. It is equally crucial that other partners working with schools are adequately resourced and staffed to maintain joint initiatives.”
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