Behaviour and Violence in Schools

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2015 Local Government Service Group Conference
18 February 2015
Carried as Amended

Conference recognises that challenging behaviour and violence in schools can have an enormous impact on school staff. Unfortunately most of the focus on dealing with and providing support for challenging behaviour has been primarily on teachers, despite support staff facing behaviour issues in classrooms, the playground and the general school environment. Additionally, specialist support staff roles focussing on behaviour management have increased over time.

Conference welcomes UNISON’s behaviour guide for support staff, which aims to give basic practical advice to all of our members.

Conference also welcomes initiatives such as the Scottish Government’s involvement of UNISON on their Relationships and Behaviour Group and Education Scotland’s conference on relationships and behaviour aimed at school support staff.

Conference recognises the need for schools to be inclusive and ensure access for as many children and young people as possible, some who may have challenging backgrounds. However there is also a need for balance between inclusion and dealing with challenging behaviour . Challenging behaviour should not affect the education of other children, nor should it have a negative effect on school support staff. Nor should support staff and other children have to face violence in the school environment.

Conference calls on the Local Government Service Group Executive to call for:-

1)Schools to adopt a policy of zero tolerance on violence;

2)All schools to have a behaviour policy that covers support staff;

3)All school support staff to receive adequate and appropriate training on behaviour management;

4)Staff that report issues of challenging behaviour to be supported;

5)Schools to encourage reporting of challenging behaviour and discourage any blame culture that would deter staff or pupils from reporting incidents.