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New Teachers 'Can't Deal With Classroom Violence'
ITN Saturday, February 6 2010

A new survey says nearly half of new teachers have not had enough training to deal with violence in the classroom. Skip related content

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers, which carried out the survey, has called for such training to be made compulsory.

According to the union, 49 per cent of newly-qualified teachers and probationers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland felt they had not had enough training to deal with challenging behaviour.

One in five said they had been provided with clear guidance on restraining violent pupils, with nearly 30 per cent saying the area had not yet been covered in training.

A spokesman for the Department for Children, Schools and Families said new teachers were given support to ensure they had the skills they needed.