One in four teachers are ATTACKED by pupils at least once a week, shocking research finds


ONE in four teachers are attacked by pupils at least once a week, according to research.

It found that nine in ten classroom chiefs have suffered physical or verbal abuse from unruly children in the past year.

One in four teachers are ‘attacked by pupils at least once a week’
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Almost all had been sworn at, four in ten had been threatened and nearly one in three had been hit, punched or kicked.

The survey of 5,000 teachers also found that seven per cent had been spat at by pupils and three per cent were head-butted.

Half of those quizzed by the NASUWT teaching union said the toll of abuse had driven them to consider quitting due to anxiety, depression or stress from the abuse.

Many teachers failed to report the attacks to bosses because they felt nothing would be done. Only one in six believed rogue pupils were dealt with properly.

The union’s Chris Keates said: “No teacher should have to go to work with the expectation of being verbally or physically abused.

“But for too many this is the reality. It is unacceptable that employers are failing in their legal duty of care to provide a safe working environment.”


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