Abusive behaviour by pupils.
Teachers who identify abusive behaviour among their pupils have nowhere to turn for proper support, despite government plans to ramp up relationships education in schools, according to experts.
Despite studies revealing nearly a quarter of teenage boys have engaged in “sexual coercion”, the growing impact of easily accessible pornography and the rise in incidents of sexting, even schools with a robust approach to tackling the issue are struggling.
The government is set to introduce compulsory sex and relationships education in all secondary schools, and relationships education in all primary schools, across England from 2019.
Nicky Stanley and Christine Barter, lecturers at the University of Central Lancashire, advised the Commons’ women and equalities select committee on identifying and preventing abusive behaviour among young people.
They said while the move to introduce such teaching in school is welcome, it is lacking a next step.