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Is inclusion the reason why teachers don’t feel safe?

Many school staff blame the policy for an apparent rise in violence and abuse

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Teachers talk about being punched in the stomach, having chisels thrown at them and pupils being allowed to carry knives in school with impunity.

A new survey of 1,079 secondary teachers by teaching union the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association reveals that poor behaviour is an “increasing problem” in school and many teachers feel that being told to “fuck off” and being subject to verbal abuse is now just part and parcel of the job.

But what do teachers think is responsible for creating this bleak scenario?

Many point the finger at inclusion – the policy stating that, wherever possible, ...

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