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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 June, 2004, 14:56 GMT 15:56 UK
Teachers get more behaviour help
classroom seen through doorway
Teachers leaving the profession often cite bad behaviour
Trainee teachers are to get more advice on how to handle unruly pupils and keep classes on their best behaviour.

A new website has been set up with the backing of the Teacher Training Agency to offer tips on behaviour management.

Teaching unions have welcomed the move, saying one of the main reasons teachers give for leaving the profession is poor conduct.

In the past there have been complaints about how little training teachers get on behaviour management.

Jacquie Nunn, of the Teacher Training Agency (TTA), said: "While the majority of teachers develop their expertise in class management as their career progresses, the TTA is concerned that its annual surveys show that some new teachers would have welcomed more support during their training.

"Therefore, we are working with leading teacher trainers in the country to illustrate positive approaches to the issue.

"This new resource network will bring together a wealth of extra practical help and advice for new teachers and those working with them to share best practice and new ideas in a way which will be easily and instantly accessible."

Tackling indiscipline

The website has been created by Behaviour 4 Learning, a consortium of commercial and educational institutions led by The Nottingham Trent University.

The NASUWT teachers' union welcomed the new website.

Acting general secretary Chris Keates said: "NASUWT has pressed consistently for trainee teachers to receive practical and comprehensive guidance on managing pupil behaviour.

"Newly qualified teachers frequently complain that not enough emphasis is placed during training on strategies for tackling pupil indiscipline.

"Given that pupil behaviour is one of the top three reasons young teachers give for leaving the profession, it is essential they are given all possible support."

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