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(UK) Renfrewshire teachers 'under attack' by students; quadrupling numbers in 4 yrs

Dec 27, 2018, Paisley Gazette: Teachers ‘under attack’ as levels of violence in Renfrewshire schools rise sharply https://www.the-gazette.co.uk/news/17321546.teachers-under-attack-as-levels-of-violence-in-renfrewshire-schools-rise-sharply/ A TEACHING union has said there is much work to be done to eradicate violence from Renfrewshire schools. Kenny Fella, EIS local association secretary for Renfrewshire, spoke out as The Gazette reveals the number of attacks on teachers by primary school pupils has more than quadrupled in the past four years. There were 29 attacks in the area’s primary schools in 2014 but, this year, that total has rocketed to more than 130. And the situation in secondary schools is also a concern, with the number of incidents more than trebling in that time – from 12 attacks in 2014 to 39 in 2018. The secondary school to experience the largest number of attacks on teachers during the past four years is Park Mains High, in Erskine. … The council also highlighted that the attacks include verbal and written abuse, as well as physical violence. Mr Fella believes austerity-fuelled policies from the UK Government are largely to blame for a rise in young people’s violent behaviour…. He added: “It is very worrying that violence is actually going away from where we expect it to come from, such as teenagers, and moving down to the primary school level. …