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(UK) Scotland: "Bad behaviour in Scottish schools at an all time high"; minister disagrees

May 19, 2018, (UK) Scotland Herald: School discipline is improving, says John Swinney http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16236109.School_discipline_is_improving__says_John_Swinney/ Ministers have hit back at suggestions bad behaviour in Scottish schools is at an all time high. John Swinney, the Education Secretary, said surveys showed discipline was improving and exclusions were at an all time low. The comments came after a teachers’ leader said bad behaviour was at record levels – partly because pupils no longer believed they would face consequences for their actions. … Last month, a survey by the SSTA found verbal abuse had affected seven out of 10 staff members while one in five said they had been assaulted during their career. In December, research by Ipsos MORI Scotland found low level school disruption was getting worse with teachers blaming social media and poor parenting. …