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UK Teachers and ADHD

Teachers’ experience and understanding of ADHD

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Teachers currently teach or have taught pupils with ADHD

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Teachers agree ADHD has a significant impact on a child or student's overall life chances

%

Teachers feel uninformed about ADHD (Self-declared. Actual knowledge not tested)

%

Teachers are concerned about the negative impact of teaching someone with ADHD on their ability to teach all those in the class.

%

Teachers are NOT confident that pupils showing signs of ADHD can access appropriate services and support

Teachers’ ability to recognise ADHD traits.

The high scores here may suggest that teacher’s are much less understanding of ADHD than they personally report. Figures show known ADHD traits and how many teachers considered them to be a symptom of ADHD.

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Teachers did NOT recognise a short attention span to be a symptom of ADHD

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Teachers did NOT recognise hyperactivity to be a symptom of ADHD

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Teachers did NOT recognise impulsive behaviour to be a symptom of ADHD

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Teachers did NOT recognise difficulty with organisation to be a symptom of ADHD

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Teachers did NOT recognise difficulty interacting socially to be a symptom of ADHD

Teachers’ indications on whether ADHD students get appropriate help

%

Teachers do NOT think their school has a good structure in place for supporting ADHD diagnosed pupils

%

Teachers do NOT agree that ADHD is a mental health condition

%

Teachers will NOT always refer a pupil they suspect to have ADHD to a health professional

%

Teachers believe they have undiagnosed ADHD pupils in their classroom

%

Teachers do NOT know how to refer suspected ADHD pupils for further support

Teachers’ receiving the support they need to teach pupils with ADHD

%

Teachers have NOT received training on teaching students with ADHD

%

Teachers say they have NOT received adequate training nor have the support needed in order to themselves support pupils with ADHD symptoms

%

Teachers concerned about the lack of resources and specialist support available to support pupils with ADHD

Teachers’ opinion on how pupils with ADHD experience school

%

Teachers think ADHD students perform worse at school

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Teachers think pupils with ADHD are often shunned, isolated or not included by those around them (e.g. other children, young people, teachers or their wider community)

%

Teachers consider that ADHD is not well recognised or understood within society

%

Teachers concerned on the effect on the child's/ student's life chances (e.g. opportunities for education attainment, employment, avoidance of the criminal justice system)

%

Teachers concerned about the risk of pupil's with ADHD being bullied

Teachers’ understanding of mental health conditions compared

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Teachers feel uninformed about ADHD

%

Teachers feel uninformed about Autism

%

Teachers feel uninformed about Anxiety

%

Teachers feel uninformed about Depression

%

Teachers feel uninformed about Eating Disorders

From the COMRES Primary and Secondary Teacher Survey

803 currently employed teacher’s surveyed. Equallty split between primary and secondary. Full data tables available on the link. Survey run between 8th and 22nd August 2017. Very litle has changed so we therefore consider them to remain broadly representative of the present day situation.