School violence alert
Last session, the first time that all councils gave figures, 1,898 cases were reported. That was up from 743 the previous year when authorities responsible for a fifth of all pupils failed to respond to the first of the annual surveys.
The Executive is keen both to discount notions o a dramatic rise and to uncover cases teachers fail to log. Sam Galbraith said the aim was to turn every school into a "violence-free zone".
Councils last year reported 245 incidents per 100,000 pupils. Just over half involved physical violence. Fewer than 3 per cent involved damage to personal property.
Parents accounted for 144 incidents and former pupils for 21. School staff lost 187 working days through violence.