‘Kicked, hit, slapped and bitten’ – Quarter of primary school teachers feel unsafe in class – survey

first_imgRadio NZ News 26 June 2020Family First Comment: “We’re seeing young people who are exhibiting behaviours that are violent, we’re seeing young people melt down in classrooms, we’re seeing young people that are disrupting other students around them and in some instances we’re seeing teachers and other students who are being hurt physically hurt and of course emotionally harmed by actions in classrooms.”Rising violence in primary schools has reached the point where one-in-four teachers feel unsafe in their own classroom – double the figure three years earlier, a national survey shows.The Council for Educational Research study found 24 percent of primary teachers reported sometimes feeling unsafe in their classrooms last year, up from 12 percent in 2016, while 1 percent often felt unsafe, the same figure as 2016.In addition, 23 percent felt unsafe in their school grounds occasionally last year, up from 11 percent in 2016, and 2 percent frequently felt unsafe, up from 1 percent.The report said 25 percent of teachers often experienced serious disruption from children in their classroom, up from 17 percent in 2016, most teachers (77 percent) dealt with at least one incident of extreme behaviour last year, and most (69 percent) wanted more help to manage such behaviour.It said teachers in lower decile schools were more likely to experience disruption, but there were no decile-based differences for feeling unsafe.The survey, which runs every three years, found children’s wellbeing and mental health was one of the top problems for primary school principals, alongside IT costs but behind funding and the amount that is expected to schools.The results were based on survey responses from 145 principals, 620 teachers, 126 school trustees, and 395 parents in 2019. NZCER said the response rate was the lowest since the surveys began in 1989 and the maximum margin of error for principals’ responses was 8.1 percent and 3.9 percent for teachers’ responses.READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/419869/kicked-hit-slapped-and-bitten-quarter-of-primary-school-teachers-feel-unsafe-in-class-surveylast_img read more

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Wilson, Hensley are IMCA winners at Merced

first_imgBy Don Martin IIMERCED, Calif. (Aug. 30)  – Alex Wilson continued his drive toward the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified championship at Merced Speeway with his fourth victory of the season Sunday night.Wilson grabbed the lead early on from Ricky Thatcher and prevailed in a side-by-side battle with his brother Kyle Wilson before pulling away to the impressive win.Thatcher had a front row start and led just two laps before Wilson slipped underneath him.  A lap five yellow slowed the pace and Kyle Wilson drove past Thatcher for second.  Ramie Stone was third and the crowd was treated to two very close battles.Kyle Wilson ran the outside with Alex on the inside. Kyle barely beat Alex back to the line to lead laps nine through 11 before a low move on lap 12 got Alex back in front.Kyle was back in front on lap 15 but Alex again came back strong on the inside to regain the lead on lap 16, then pulled away for the win.John Hensley drove a flawless race after taking the lead from Andy Welch and won his second local Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature of the season.last_img read more

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NEBC coalition begin round of negotiations with the province

first_imgThese coalition members include Fort St. John, Taylor and Fort Nelson.Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead says the other group – representing the remaining Peace River Regional Municipalities – are not part of this round of negotiations.They’ve already proposed a counter-offer to the province and are now awaiting its response.- Advertisement -There’s no word on the exact details surrounding either groups’ proposal.last_img

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