Henry Hepburn

Victims of pupil violence ‘don’t get proper support’

Drive to reduce school exclusions is leaving teachers vulnerable, union warns

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Secondary teachers report that verbal abuse by pupils has become commonplace and failure to tackle physical violence is leaving them increasingly vulnerable, Tes Scotland can reveal.

A Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association (SSTA) survey of 1,079 of its members has identified concerns that many teachers do not receive adequate support after incidents of violence or abuse. The survey also shows that inclusion policies often leave teachers without the protection from violence that other professions – and council employees – routinely expect (see pages 8-9).

General secretary Seamus Searson ...

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