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Type: Journal article
Title: Schools as dangerous places
Author: Potts, A.
Citation: Educational Studies, 2006; 32(3):319-330
Publisher: Carfax Publishing
Issue Date: 2006
ISSN: 0305-5698
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Anthony Potts
Abstract: When students set off for school each day how many of them or their caregivers consider for a moment that they will spend the day at a potentially dangerous place? On the contrary, students and caregivers probably view schools as safe havens, and official research suggests that this is the case for the majority of teachers and pupils. However, underlying this official view, schools are more and more seen as much less benign and safe. The popular press, for one thing, is certainly keen to report instances of schools as dangerous places. This article examines schools as dangerous places because of dangers from pupils to pupils, teachers to pupils, teachers to teachers, pupils to teachers and dangers from the physical and natural environment. The discussion is framed in terms of the culture of the school and the increasingly legal nature of the schooling and educational environment.
Keywords: Schools; Legal responsibilities; Duty of care; Pupils; Teachers; Dangers; Violence; Safety; Risk management
Rights: © 2006 Taylor & Francis
RMID: 0020109258
DOI: 10.1080/03055690600845461
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