How being a teacher has become increasingly dangerous

After the memorial service for Ann Maguire, the Telegraph has been looking at how the number of student attacks on teachers has risen over the past few years…

Nearly 2,000 people attended a memorial service for Mrs Maguire, who was stabbed to death at her school in April.

Mrs Maguire’s attack came against a backdrop of rising student violence, with the number of physical assaults against teachers increasing each year since 2009.

In the academic year 2009-10, 7,230 students were suspended from school for attacking teachers which rose to 7,830 the following year, and 8,630 the year after.

The highest number of attacks in the past four years was in 2012-13, when a total of 9,080 students were suspended from school and 210 were permanently excluded after physically assaulting their teachers.

The figures, released by the Department for Education, will raise concern about the welfare of teachers, who face a growing tide of physical abuse at their workplace…


From The Telegraph: Number of students suspended or excluded for physical assaults against teachers (data: DfE)

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove What’s worrying is not the number of assaults on teachers is rising yearly, it’s that most only warrant fixed term exclusion

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Fact that most assaults on staff only result in fixed term exclusions is almost suggesting that it’s acceptable

  3. Busy Mum

    What else can be expected when the children are told life is all about making the ‘right’ choices but nobody will ever tell them categorically what is right and what is wrong.

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