ANSWERING BACK IS TEACHERS’ TOP BUGBEAR
The poll for the Schoolwear Association asked teachers to name the two most common acts of bad behaviour they had witnessed.
Just over half (51%) of teachers had to deal with mouthy students. A third (30%) complained about pupils refusing to do work while verbal bullying was reported by a quarter (26%) and physical bullying by a fifth (19%).
Other misdemeanours included damage to school property (9%), online bullying (6%), damage to another child’s property (5%) and running away (4%).
The survey by One Poll of 326 teachers and 1,500 parents found a clear link between behaviour and school uniform, and between uniform and the image of schools.
Teachers said children in badged, school-specific uniform tended to be the best behaved, and a third said non-uniform days brought out bad behaviour.
The results build on a previous survey for the Schoolwear Association by YouGov, which found that more than 80 per cent of teachers would prefer their students to be in school-specific uniform.
In the new survey, parents clearly associate school uniform with a variety of benefits.
Almost three quarters (73%) think a child wearing a badged school uniform goes to a better school than their non-badged counterparts. Around a third (37%) think it helps to identify which school the child goes to, more than half (56%) believe school-specific uniform creates a sense of community, and two thirds (67%) believe a uniform makes children feel equal, limiting peer pressure.
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