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Behaviour in Scottish Schools 2012, 02/10/12 [S]

The Scottish Government has published the Behaviour in Scottish Schools 2012 study, which provides a picture of behaviour in publicly funded mainstream schools and of current policy and practice in relation to managing behaviour.

Among the key findings are:

  • Overall, both primary and secondary staff were very positive about pupils' behaviour. They felt that most pupils were well behaved all or most of the time, and only a very small minority of pupils were quite disruptive.
  • The vast majority of primary staff said that they encountered positive behaviour 'all' or 'most' of the time.
  • The majority of secondary staff were also positive about pupil behaviour.
  • Low-level disruptive behaviours were much more common than serious disruptive behaviours or violence - and were felt to have more of a day-to-day impact on the learning environment.
  • Secondary teachers indicate that the use of mobile phones in the classroom has risen and primary teachers believe that talking out of turn has increased.
  • There has been an increase in the proportion of both primary and secondary support staff encountering a number of low-level disruptive behaviours in the classroom between 2006 and 2012
  • Teachers are generally confident in their ability to promote positive behaviour and respond to indiscipline.
  • Staff in case study schools and local authority representatives expressed concern about the small, but felt to be increasing, number of children entering primary school with complex difficulties, including nurture and attachment issues.
For full details see Behaviour in Scottish Schools 2012 which is available from the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

Behaviour in Scottish Schools 2012