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'Over a quarter' of online abuse posted by parents

Over one quarter of the abuse posted online to teachers was from the parents of pupils they looked after, a survey has found.

A survey from the NASUWT teaching union found 27% of teachers who had been victims of online abuse had received nasty comments from parents.

The poll also found:

  • Almost two thirds (64%) said the comments had been made by pupils.
  • Just over three in five (61%) said that the pupils posting the comments had been aged between 14 and 16.
  • Another third (35%) were from youngsters were between 11 and 14.
  • Around a fifth (21%) said that the youngsters responsible were 16 to 19.
  • Some 3% were from pupils aged between seven and 11.

Teachers subjected to 'vile' online abuse by pupils

Children as young as seven are posting abusive comments and making threats against teachers on social media websites, a survey has shown.

Teachers said they received vitriolic comments posted online by pupils as young as seven. Credit: PA

Data collected by the NASUWT teaching union found teachers had been racially abused, while others had lewd comments made about their sexuality.

Just over a fifth (21%) of the 7,500 teachers they quizzed had negative comments about them posted on a social media site.

The union's general secretary, Chris Keates, said more needed to be done to protect education staff from "the vile nature of the abuse they are suffering."

She added: "Schools should also be supporting staff in securing the removal of the offensive material from social media sites and encouraging the staff concerned to go to the police."

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Unqualified teachers 'damaging school standards'

Schools hiring unqualified teaching staff is "damaging standards", shadow education secretary Tristam Hunt said, after a poll claimed that around more than half said that unqualified staff working as teachers were planning and preparing lessons.

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt Credit: PA

Tristram Hunt said: "Many parents will be shocked to learn that David Cameron has changed the rules to allow schools to appoint unqualified teachers on a permanent basis.

"Improving the education our children receive in our schools means continually improving the quality of teaching in the classroom. Labour would end David Cameron's policy and ensure a qualified teacher in every classroom."

DfE: Quality of teaching workforce 'is rising'

It is right that state schools should enjoy the same advantage that private schools, a Department for Education spokeswoman has said, after a survey found that schools were using unqualified staff to teach pupils.

[The] latest teacher workforce census show there are 700 fewer non-QTS teachers in schools than there were in 2010, while the percentage of non-QTS teachers in academies is down from 9.4% in 2010 to 5.3%.

Overall the quality of the teaching workforce is rising. A record 96% of all teachers now have degrees or above, meaning there are an extra 43,000 teachers with degree level qualifications in classrooms since 2010

– Spokeswoman, Department for Education

NASUWT: Uncertainty over qualified teachers

Many teachers believe that the use of unqualified staff is worsening because schools cannot, or will not, pay for qualified individuals, according to a new survey of teachers. The general secretary of NASUWT, who conducted the poll, said:

Parents no longer have the certainty of knowing that when they send their children to school they will be taught by a qualified teacher.

Our children and young people have been robbed of a fundamental entitlement to be taught by qualified teachers.

– Chris Keates, NASUWT general secretary

Schools 'using unqualified staff to teach students'

Schools are using unqualified staff to teach pupils and prepare lessons, according to a survey of teachers. It also suggests that many teachers believe that the use of unqualified staff is worsening because schools cannot, or will not, pay for qualified individuals.

The poll, conducted by the NASUWT union, asked around 7,000 members for their views on schools using staff that do not hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Schools 'using unqualified staff' Credit: Max Nash/PA Wire.

It found that just over half of those questioned (53%) reported that there were unqualified staff working as teachers in their school.

The results also show that nearly two thirds (65%) of teachers say that the use of unqualified staff is "getting worse because schools can't or won't pay for qualified teachers."

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Strike action 'will damage reputation of teaching'

Strike action will damage the reputation of teaching, a Department for Education spokeswoman has said, as the National Union of Teachers are today expected to back fresh walkouts in the summer if progress is not made in resolving a bitter dispute over pay, pensions and conditions.

Ministers have met frequently with the NUT and other unions and will continue to do so. Further strike action will only disrupt parents' lives, hold back children's education and damage the reputation of the profession.

We know that the vast majority of our teachers and school leaders are hard-working and dedicated professionals. That is why we are giving teachers more freedoms than ever and cutting unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy.

– Spokeswoman, Department for Education

NUT defend timing of potential teachers' strike

An advanced GCSE maths extension paper set by one exam board is scheduled to take place on Wednesday June 25, during a potential teachers' strike.

Exam timetables show that at least a dozen GCSE and A-level papers are due to be sat by students on the first two days of the week proposed in the National Union of Teacher's resolution. NUT general secretary Christine Blower said:

This week has been deliberately chosen because we believe that there will be no exams beyond those dates.

Strike action will not disrupt exams. If necessary, exemptions can be given got staff who are needed to supervise an exam, but the NUT is looking to take action at the end of the main exam season.

Teachers to debate strike action over pay

Teachers are today expected to back fresh walkouts in the summer if progress is not made in resolving a bitter dispute over pay, pensions and conditions.

Teachers to debate over strike action Credit: PA

Delegates at the National Union of Teachers (NUT) annual conference in Brighton are due to debate a priority motion seeking co-ordinated national strike action in the week beginning Monday June 23.

The move comes just weeks after the NUT staged a national walkout, and raises the prospect of widespread disruption to thousands of schools in England and Wales in the summer term.

Teachers could be set for fresh round of strikes

Teachers are preparing for a fresh round of strikes at the end of June in a long and bitter row with the Government over pay, pensions and conditions.

The fresh round of strikes could hit schools in England and Wales in the summer term. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) could walkout this summer if the dispute is not resolved.

The union will debate whether to stage fresh walkouts at their annual conference, being held in Brighton, which seeks co-ordinated national strikes in the week beginning Monday June 23 if "significant progress" is not made in ongoing talks with the Government.

The move comes just weeks after the NUT staged a national walkout and offers the prospect of widespread disruption to schools in England and Wales in the summer term.

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