Secondary school staff suffer work attacks

Secondary school staff are three times more likely to be physically attacked at work than the average UK employee. The statistics given to BBC Radio 5 Live come from the Labour Force Survey (LFS).

It asked 40,000 UK households about injuries sustained after being assaulted at work.

The government said violence towards teachers was unacceptable and schools had been given more powers to deal with poor discipline.

Over the six year period analysed – 2009-10 to 2015-16 – there were an average of 8,000 attacks every 12 months in schools (primary and secondary) that left staff with physical injuries.

Jane is a teacher in a primary school in the north of England. She didn’t want to use her real name. She said she faced violence on a daily basis “I have been kicked. I have been hit, pushed, usually because of children being angry, frustrated, some children with additional needs.

“I have to plan. I have to work out what I am going to do and what my responses are going to be. Sometimes you can do that. Sometimes you can’t. And you get massive adrenaline kicks because you have to deal with things,” she said.

The National Education Union, which represents nearly half a million teachers and support staff, said £2.8bn had been taken out of school budgets since 2015.

A spokesman for the Department of Education said: “This government has taken decisive action to put teachers back in charge of the classroom by giving them the powers they need to tackle poor behaviour and discipline, and has scrapped ‘no touch’ rules that stopped teachers removing disruptive pupils from classrooms.

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