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Thousands of education staff bullied, says survey

20/04/2011 Joanna
A quarter of education staff have been bullied by their work colleagues, a new survey has revealed.

Research by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) found that 26 per cent of these were targeted by a head of department, while 22 per cent were bullied by another teacher.

Furthermore, it was revealed that a quarter of teachers have been bullied by a pupil and 23 per cent have been victimised by a parent or guardian.

Nearly half of teachers who have been bullied say they were victims of intimidation, being threatened, shouted at and sworn at.

ATL general secretary Dr Mary Bousted commented: "School and college staff are under a great deal of pressure from working long hours, high workloads and inspections, and this can display itself in stained relationships between colleagues.

"It is unacceptable for any staff to be bullied by colleagues, and schools and colleges need robust policies in place to pick up any problems and deal with them promptly."

The ATL's annual conference has been taking place at the BT Convention Centre in Liverpool this week.

Posted by Dolcie Thacker
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