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Uninspiring Lessons Cause Bad Behaviour in Class

Friday 11th February 2011

The Telegraph reports today that unruly behaviour is mainly due to student’s becoming bored in class. TheCommons education select committee have said that poor teaching and dull lessons caused disruptive pupils to lose interest and stop paying attention. In a report published today, it said that many teachers, academics and parents warned of a rise in minor incidents such as interrupting staff, swearing, fighting and name calling in some schools. Educational psychologist, Dr Sure Roffey, said this was often down to boring lessons.

Despite the coalition governments desire to overhaul the current curriculum and concentrate on core academic subjects such as maths and English, at the same time as boosting the status of more difficult subjects like science and foreign languages, the report suggests that in order to engage students, and meet all children’s needs, high quality practical lessons also need to be included alongside academic subjects.

Graham Stuart, the committee’s Conservative chairman, said: "If the curriculum doesn’t stimulate children, they will switch off, and the chances are that they will disrupt other children’s learning.”

In most classrooms in the UK there are often “two or three” disruptive children at any one time according to Katherine Birbalsingh, the deputy head who lost her job after criticising the standards of state education, at the Conservative Party Conference. In many cases, they made education worse for the remainder of pupils.

 “Bad behavior spreads, so that even the very good students become somewhat unsettled. That creates a situation where you have low-level behaviour.” She said.

“People often dismiss that, and say, “it’s just low-level behaviour, that’s okay’. You’d be amazed, however, at how disruptive to learning low-level behaviour is.”

The report said that schools with an interesting curriculum and good teachers were less likely to suffer behavioural problems as pupils were more “positively engaged in learning”.


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