Teachers feel safer at school

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19 October 2007, UTRECHT – A growing number of schools are taking measures against violence in the classroom and at the school playground but the number of schools covering up these kinds of violent incidences has also risen. This is the outcome of a survey held among teaching staff carried out by the General Education Union (Aob) in conjuction with the the Nijmegen research institute ITS .

19 October 2007

UTRECHT – A growing number of schools are taking measures against violence in the classroom and at the school playground but the number of schools covering up these kinds of violent incidences has also risen. This is the outcome of a survey held among teaching staff carried out by the General Education Union (Aob) in conjuction with the the Nijmegen research institute ITS .

Compared with the survey of 2003, by far most teachers and support staff feel safe in the classroom (94 percent) and at school (90 percent). Far more teachers indicated however that they are now feeling safer in the schoolyard and in the vicinity of the school.

Six percent of the teachers in secondary education have students who put up films on the internet that are made in the classroom. The use of abusive language, bullying, threatening behaviour with physical violence occur most often, while serious physical violence and armed threats are rare.

Since the killing of the deputy head of the Terra College in The Hague at the beginning of 2004, most schools have been paying more attention to security, according to the Aob. An increasing number of schools has drawn up a security plan or protocol against violent behaviour, but the union feels that this is not yet enough because all schools should have these kinds of protocols. Between 13 and 18 percent of the schools are not taking the security issue seriously.

In addition, some 25 percent of the secondary schools cover up incidents. These schools advise teachers to not file charges or want teachers to allow students who have behaved aggressively towards him or her back into their classroom. Aob chairman Walter Dresscher calls this "humiliating".

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