Bad behavior in schools

School inspectors in England have published a new report which says that school pupils are losing up to an hour of learning each day because of bad behaviour and disruption in the classroom. The kind of behaviour they describe is things like disturbing other pupils, calling out, using mobile phones, passing notes to each other and not having the correct equipment. The reports says that teachers need more support and stronger leadership to improve behaviour and discipline in the classroom.

Not everyone agrees with the findings. Some education experts say that a quiet classroom is not always a good classroom and that communication is an important part of the learning process. Large class sizes of over 30 pupils may also contribute to the problem as it is difficult for teachers to control such large groups.


a pupil                a student at school (aged 5 – 16)

the findings        the results of an investigation