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*(UK) Essex, England: More primary students attacking teachers

Aug 4, 2017, Essex Live News (UK): Attacks on teachers by primary school pupils in Essex at highest rate since 2006, new data shows http://www.essexlive.news/classroom-violence-number-of-attacks-on-primary-school-teachers-at-highest-in-a-decade/story-30454111-detail/story.html Last year saw a record number of primary school teachers in Essex attacked by their students. There were 408 fixed term exclusions of pupils as a result of these incidents between 2015 to 2016, the highest number since 2006. The number of assaults was up from the 368 recorded in 2014 to 2015, with classroom violence now far more prevalent in recent years than ever before. Secondary school pupils in Essex were suspended 64 times for physical attacks on adults in 2015 to 2016. There were also record numbers of suspensions for secondary pupils in Southend for assaulting their classmates. There were 243 fixed term exclusions for students that attacked other pupils in 2016, a figure that has almost doubled since 2007. Violence in the classroom is something that is not just isolated to Essex. Across England, the number of permanent exclusions across all state-funded primary, secondary and special schools has increased from 5,795 in 2014 to 2015 to 6,685 in 2015 to 2016. This corresponds to around 35 expulsions per day over that academic year. The trade unions NUT, ATL and GMB, all frequently deal with cases of staff being strangled, punched, kicked and having chairs thrown at them. … Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that across Britain there was a 50 per cent rise in classroom incidents recorded by the police between 2014 and 2016. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. ... Julian Elliott, a professor of Educational Psychology at Durham University ascribes the cultivation of violence to the failure of parents to provide a stable home environment. ...