October 22, 2014

Assaults on Teachers Increase in Scottish Councils

Almost half of the local authorities who responded to a freedom of information request made by Liz Smith of the Scottish Conservative Party reported an increase in assaults on teachers between 2012/13 and 2013/14.

Twenty four out of thirty two authorities responded with ten reporting an increase in assault incident numbers. 

The majority of incidents involved verbal abuse but staff reported being subjected to physical attacks such as punching, kicking, pushing and shoving and being spat on. 

It should be noted that  the overall level of threat to teachers has declined by two per cent, with a total of 1,879 incidents in 2013/14, against 1,917 the previous year.

Direct comparisons between authorities are not possible due to differences in the recording of figures.

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