Commenting on today’s reporting of FOI data relating to allegations against teachers during the past year, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said;
“Most allegations against school staff are false or even malicious allegations, made when teachers intervene to restore good behaviour at school. Only a small percentage result in a police investigation and a tiny number conclude with a conviction.
“Teachers must be allowed reasonable powers of intervention for those rare occasions where dangerous situations escalate, without being at risk of accusations. It continues to be the case that teachers and other school staff are sometimes uncertain of school procedures and we would therefore like to see a renewed focus on school level training, to ensure that procedures keep pupils safe but are also fair to staff.
“We welcome the Government’s review of the Independent Safeguarding Authority’s role. It is right to have robust systems but the net must catch those who could be a real danger, without dragging innocent staff into months or even years of fighting to prove their innocence.”
For further details contact Caroline Cowie, NUT Press Officer, on 0207 380 4706 or 07879480061
NUT comment on Teacher Allegations
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