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Wilshaw: "Bright-eyed and bushy tailed" teachers put off the profession by unruly pupils

Garry Fri 18 Sep 2015 11:51

The chief inspector of schools says “hugely enthusiastic” teachers don’t receive the support they need.

 New enthusiastic teachers are put off the profession by badly behaved pupils, according to Sir Michael Wilshaw.

The Ofsted chief also said school leaders should do more to provide support to new teachers to cope with disruptive behaviour in the classroom.

Giving evidence to the Commons education select committee Sir Michael said he used to be upset by hearing "bright-eyed, bushy-tailed" teachers say they were turned off teaching in the first few years because they did not receive the help they needed from their school leaders.

The chief inspector was asked by MPs for his views on the numbers of teachers leaving the profession and suggestions that bad behaviour and the pressure of Ofsted are two of the key reasons.

He replied that recruitment is a "big issue" and has been ever since he became a teacher, adding that before he joined Ofsted he used to talk a lot to those starting out in teaching careers.

"What used to upset me was talking to people who were bright-eyed and bushy tailed, hugely enthusiastic about coming into teaching, wanting to do well for disadvantaged youngsters, saying to me that they were put off teaching in the first few years because they weren't adequately helped and supported by leaders," he said.

"That the culture of the schools in which they were worked was poor, that behaviour was poor, every day was a daily struggle, with poorly behaved, badly behaved pupils."

Read more... (Daily Telegraph - 16 September)