Rise in violence towards primary support staff

Reports of pupils ‘punching’, ‘kicking’ and ‘headbutting’ staff have increased

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More than a quarter of primary school support staff report pupils have been physically aggressive and violent towards them during the course of the previous year, including “squaring up”, “punching”, “kicking”, “headbutting” and “using weapons”.

The figures – revealed in new research published by the Scottish government into behaviour in schools last week – show that violence and aggression towards primary support staff is at its highest level since the government started to collect this data in 2006.

Twenty-seven per cent of primary support staff who took part in a survey, which was ...

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