Low-level classroom disruption hits learning

Sep 25, 2014 by

Low-level, persistent disruptive behaviour in England’s schools is affecting pupils’ learning and damaging their life chances, inspectors warn.

Ofsted says teachers are frustrated that those in leadership positions are not doing enough to ensure high standards of pupil behaviour.

The watchdog says some pupils could be losing up to an hour of learning each day – or 38 days a year.

Heads say the claims are not backed up by the evidence of inspections.

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, said that “leadership is absolutely critical” in improving behaviour.

“Even in the most challenging areas,” he said behaviour policies could be successful if head teachers “got out of the office” and checked up on lessons.

Tougher rules

Sir Michael said that inspectors were “toughening up judgement on behaviour and it is in our children’s interest that we do”.

“If this low level stuff isn’t tackled it becomes more serious and exclusions start to rise.”

Ofsted’s report – Below the Radar: Low-level Disruption in the Country’s Classrooms – is based on the inspection reports of a sample of 95 state schools and academies inspected between January and July this year.

This includes evidence from 28 schools that received unannounced inspections and where behaviour had previously been judged to require improvement.

The report is also based on a YouGov survey of 1,024 parents and 1,048 teachers.

via BBC News – Low-level classroom disruption hits learning, Ofsted warns.

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