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'Shocking' assaults on school staff by pupils

Published date: 03 January 2014 |
Published by: Nathan Rowden
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FIGURES showing there have been nearly 90 assaults on school staff by pupils in Wrexham schools in the last three years have been branded “shocking”.

A Freedom of Information request by the Leader revealed  the last three complete school years has seen 87 physical assaults on teachers and other staff by pupils.

Youngsters have been excluded from school for a total of 416 days as a result of the assaults.

Thirty one of the assaults happened at primary or junior schools.

Figures from Wrexham Council show in the 2010-11 academic year there were 33 pupils who committed physical assaults on school staff, including seven in junior and primary schools, 12 in secondary schools for 11 to 16-year-olds and four in secondary schools for 11 to 18-year-olds.

In 2011-12 there was a fall to 22 incidents of physical assaults. In that year there were seven assaults at primary and junior schools, 10 at secondary schools for 11 to 16-year-olds and one at secondary schools for 11-18-year-olds. One incident at an 11-16-year-old secondary school in the 2011-12 year led to a pupil being excluded for 40 days.

During the 2012-2013 school year there were another 32 assaults. Seventeen of these were at primary schools, nine at secondary schools for 11 to 16-year-olds and two at secondary schools for 11 to 18-year-olds.

David Hytch, education union ATL’s North Wales secretary, said: “It is appalling this happens at all and clearly it is an issue of major concern.Physical and verbal assaults are unacceptable in schools and it is a problem.

“When you go to a hospital you are told by signs to respect the staff or you are out and we don’t do that in schools. Incidents of this kind of behaviour are worrying.

“We have to remind the education authorities, headteachers and governors they have a duty to protect there staff. The exclusion figures show action is being taken, but it doesn’t stop the assaults from happening.

“I welcome the action but what we need to do, and it won’t be easy, is create a situation where it doesn’t happen in the first place.”

Mr Hytch said while he suspects the physical assaults are most likely low on the violence scale it still should not happen and teachers should be able to go to work and do their job in safety.

David Hughes, who is a governor at Rhosnesni High School, said: “I’m shocked and appalled.

“We have a duty of care to both staff and pupils.

“As a governing body we would look on this as very serious, you can’t have pupils attacking staff as much as you can’t have staff attacking pupils.

“That hasn’t come to us at Rhosnesni, but if it was to happen then the appropriate action would be taken and I would hope the local education authority would support us in the actions we would take. Physical violence will not be condoned in any shape or form.”

Wrexham Council was unavailable for further comment.

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  1. Posted by: if-you-ask-me at 11:22 on 03 January 2014 Report

    Teachers and staff have got no control over what pupils do. As soon as the government abolished the cane and other methods of control the school disciplin went out of the window. Not to forget that discipline and respect begins in the home. Lots of pupils are not taught that now as we are building up a nation of dole wallers , druggies, one parent families who are not taught properley.

  2. Posted by: TessSmith at 12:12 on 03 January 2014 Report

    Go into any school to see motivated students who are taught, not controlled, by good teachers. A lot of one parent families are because of the death of one of the parents and don’t deserve your censure. If there are problems with drugs in your area then get out there and help the situation, volunteer your services. Get yourself better informed and have some pride in your country. Also, have the courage of your misguided convictions and don't hide behind a pseudonym.

  3. Posted by: davesonnet at 14:22 on 03 January 2014 Report

    tess smith..you are right about a one parent family if there is the misfortune of a death of a parent, however I tend to agree with I-Y-A-M . There are too many spongers breeding to get houses and not really caring about the outcome of their offspring. Your message is very deffensive and quite insulting to another user. This discussion is open to everyones opinion.

  4. Posted by: lucifers-wife at 15:26 on 03 January 2014 Report

    I work in a secondary school and I know from my experience that exclusions will not prevent violence agains teachers and staff. In fact the pupils who offend love being excluded.. its and extended holiday to them. If a pupil is wild enough to swipe at a teacher in the first place why should he/she care about exclusion. Chances are that they dont fear their parents either so unless they are taught a hard lesson i'm afraid schools have lost it..

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