Family Lives responds to school aggression

Aggression that manifests itself within an educational environment is often indicative of problems outside the school gates.  Headmasters, teachers and the wider school staff already know that pupils can improve their educational outcomes if they receive consistent support, guidance and discipline at home and at school, and for this to happen, parents and teachers have to be well supported and work together in unison.  Family Lives believes that in order for a child’s attainment and behaviour in school to improve, their parents must be actively engaged in their education.  Unfortunately child-on-adult aggression does take place in extreme circumstances and Family Lives believes that children’s violent and aggressive behaviour in the home – and also the school - is a hidden and stigmatised issue and we must all continue to support families to help change their child’s behaviour and ultimately improve life chances.  

There are many reasons that can explain why children behave in an aggressive way.  Answers commonly include an inadequate approach to parenting, sudden and unpredictable changes to the family routine, parental domestic violence or bullying at school, which causes the anger and hurt to erupt. Divorce and separation is considered to play its part in displays of aggressive child behaviour if co-parenting strategies are not discussed, agreed and implemented. Children can end up playing one parent off against another, or the non-resident parent may end up taking a back-seat with regards to discipline as they spend less time with the child. Whatever the reasons, children, parents, families and ultimately society will pay a huge cost if this growing area of concern is not addressed and parents must feel able to come forward to seek support without worrying about being judged.”

Jeremy Todd, Family Lives, Chief Executive