New report reveals pupils’ attacks on teachers

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A THIRD of North East education staff have dealt with physical violence from pupils in this school year, according to new figures.

Figures from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) reveal that one in four said it had been violence directed at them, and the same number said it was directed at a teacher. The main forms of physical violence experienced included pushing and shoving, punching, hitting and kicking.

The ATL surveyed 814 teachers, lecturers, support staff and school leaders in state and independent schools and colleges across the UK.

ATL general secretary Dr Mary Bousted, said: “It is shocking that a third of teaching staff have experienced violence, and that it is getting worse.”