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*(UK) Dundee: 13,000 paras attacked by students; 1/4 Scots children have special needs

Oct 29, 2017, Dundee (Scotland) Sunday Post: Sunday Post Investigation: Union calls for action as figures reveal assaults on classroom assistants leap by a third in three years https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/35-attacks-per-day-including-punches-and-bites-how-abuse-aggression-and-violence-at-the-hands-of-unruly-pupils-became-a-part-of-everyday-life-for-school-staff-around-the-countryinvestigation-un/ The 13,000 support workers in primary and secondary schools are now regularly being subjected to bites, punches and verbal abuse from unruly children. An average of 35 attacks were recorded per school day last year according to union chiefs who claim pressure on the workers, who take home a fraction of the wage earned by teachers, is the “untold story of Scottish education”. One in four Scots children now has additional support needs – a rate which has more than doubled since 2010 – but the number of dedicated staff for these demands has not kept pace. … “The rising levels of aggression and violence against support staff are shocking and the testimonies of our members should serve as a wake-up call to the Scottish Government and councils. … In January it emerged almost 10,000 teachers had also been attacked in Scotland’s schools over the past three years. … From the data provided, there were 6690 incidents of aggression or violence towards support staff in 2016/17, up from 5193 in 2014/15. Among the areas with the biggest increase was Aberdeen which saw its haul of incidents jump from 99 to 517 over the same period. In Edinburgh, the number of cases has more than doubled in the space of three years from 405 to 1006, just behind Glasgow which had the biggest haul last year at 1113, up from 781 in 2014/15. Scottish Labour’s education spokesman Iain Gray described the increase as “very worrying”. … There were 69,587 children with Additional Support Needs (ASN) in 2010, just over 10% of all pupils. By last year this was up to 170,329, or 24.9%. Over the same period the number of teachers and classroom assistants providing support to pupils with ASN has barely budged, with the 15,880 total from last year just 73 above the 2010 level despite the surge in ASN demand....