January 7, 2013

Scottish schools reject EIS Union claims over pupil violence

BBC Scotland reports that Scottish councils have rejected claims they fail to give school staff enough protection against violent pupils.

The EIS teaching union said schools do not always carry out effective risk assessments or offer adequate support. It said this contributed to the £1.35m the union has won in compensation awards for its members over the past year.

The settlements contained a number of claims brought after assaults on teachers by pupils. In one instance, a teacher was subjected to various violent incidents involving a child with special needs.

The union said the employer had failed to carry out a risk assessment of the pupil, despite repeated requests, and the member was awarded £81,000.