Primary teachers headbutted as pupil attacks rise in Yorkshire schools

The BBC is reporting from Yorkshire where is says it has learnt primary school teachers have been bitten, headbutted and attacked with knives by pupils at some schools in the region.

The number of children suspended for attacks in the region rose from at least 396 in 2011-12 to 623 last year, figures obtained by the BBC reveal…

Former head Anne Swift, …who is vice president of the NUT union, said violent behaviour in young pupils was “all too common”.

During her time at a primary school in Scarborough, Ms Swift said she had been attacked by a six-year-old girl who did not want to do what was being asked.

She said the youngster “started to swear and get quite violent” in the classroom before kicking her.

All local authorities in North, West and South Yorkshire were asked via a freedom of information request to reveal details about the number of pupils expelled and suspended for physically attacking teachers and other school staff, such as teaching assistants, since the 2011-12 school year.

Two attacks on teachers in Bradford in 2014-15 involved knives, the responses revealed.

Of the councils asked, Doncaster, Leeds and Sheffield said they did not hold the required information. 

Many of the authorities said their figures did not include academies and free schools…

Ms Swift told the BBC: “Some children come into school fizzing with anger.

“It’s not only upsetting for the children but it has a devastating impact on the teacher and leaves them feeling very drained.”

Ms Swift blamed rising violent behaviour on increasing demands in the classroom and problems at home…

More (including breakdowns of the figures obtained) at: Primary teachers headbutted as rise in pupil attacks


This is a slightly odd story in that there is no obvious explanation for the focus just on Yorkshire, nor is it actually made clear if the figures just relate to primary schools (although the BBC headline suggests this is the case).

That aside, do you think violent attacks in primary schools are on the rise or are schools just more likely to be reporting them?

If the former, what do you think would be causing this to be the case?

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  1. AynieLR

    SchoolsImprove it isn’t personal; children see/experience stuff at home no child should ever see. Need SHSorguk to work with parents/child

  2. AynieLR

    SchoolsImprove it isn’t personal; children see/experience stuff at home no child should ever see. Need SHSorguk to work with parents/child

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