Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 3°C

min temp: 2°C

Search

Physical assaults against teachers on the rise in Suffolk and Essex

PUBLISHED: 15:13 27 September 2017

Student violence against teachers is on the rise in Suffolk and Essex. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

Student violence against teachers is on the rise in Suffolk and Essex. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO

Halfpoint

Two teachers are physically assaulted by pupils every day at schools in Suffolk and Essex, “distressing” new figures show.

Cutbacks in mental health services and social support were last night blamed for the rise in violence against school staff.

The news comes amid ongoing concern over teacher recruitment and retention and the effects of classroom disorder on staff shortages.

New Department for Education data shows the number of fixed period exclusions for physical assaults against adults in primary, secondary, and special schools in Suffolk rose by 46% in a year, from 340 in 2014/15 to 498 in 2015/16.

The overall number of all fixed period exclusions rose by 16%, from 3,720 to 4,300 in Suffolk.

Assaults can range from being strangled, punched and kicked to having tables and chairs thrown at teachers. Nationally, around one if five result in a fracture. Only about one in 200 results in concussions or internal injuries.

Margaret Bulaitis, secretary of the Ipswich NUT (National Union of Teachers), described the findings as “really distressing”.

She said: “It is awful to think that teachers, who go into teaching to help young people, are finding themselves in situations where they are experiencing physical violence. There are many reasons for this. Resources in schools that would have been in place to support young people with emotional issues have been stripped away due to school funding and local authority cuts.

“Many of our young people are coming into schools with mental health difficulties which are also not being addressed by cuts in CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services).”

She said stagnant wages and workload are the main reasons for teacher recruitment issues.

In Essex, physical assaults against adults, which include teachers and support staff, increased from 470 to 501. Overall numbers rose from 6,560 to 7,008.

In Suffolk, there were another 11 permanent exclusions for physical assaults against adults in 2015/16, up from nine. It rose from eight to 12 in Essex.

Essex NUT general secretary Jerry Glazier cited “local authority, health services, and social services cutbacks”.

He said: “We need to target the causes, not the symptoms. There is insufficient capacity in the support system, whether it is through CAMHS or pressures of the social services system.”

A Suffolk County Council spokesman said: “Where the local authority is notified of a serious incident, we will work with the school and the police to respond to this.”

A prisoner from Hollesley Bay has been found after an appeal was launched to locate him.

A fire alarm temporarily stopped the show going on at the New Wolsey Theatre.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis tries out tapas sized dishes at the new Arlingtons in Ipswich.

A white van registered as having “no current keeper” was stopped by police - and then seized as the driver had no insurance or licence.

Half of Ipswich’s late night eateries have received full marks following their most recent visit from the council’s food hygiene inspectors and have been awarded a five-star award - while one received zero stars

A flurry of fraudulent bank notes have surfaced in Suffolk, with fraudsters trying to pay for low-value items with fake money.

Suffolk police have charged a man in connection with a burglary at a town centre bed and breakfast.

The rate of unsolved domestic abuse, serious sex offences and robberies is rising across Suffolk – and fewer victims are supporting police investigations.

A man has sustained injuries and another was arrested following an alleged road rage incident between two lorry drivers.

A car was seized for having no valid MOT or insurance after originally being stopped by police for having a defective headlight.

Most read

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24