You wouldn’t think that violence towards teaching staff would be an issue in primary school but it is something to be concerned about.
Last Essex saw a record number of attacks on staff.
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.
Myself, work friends and colleagues can recall at least one or two instances, one punched in the testicles, one bitten, I have been spat at in the face. These are very unpleasant and of course not acceptable and were dealt with by the schools in quesrions.
So what do I do if something happens to me?
Write down exactly what happened puting on the date and time of it, give a copy to your line manager and take a copy for yourself.
I tend to type it out and email it to myself as it is stored and time stampes by your conputer.
What steps are taken next will be down to the schools senior staff and the governors should it go that far.
Just remember to keep yourself safe first. Do everything by the book and make sure you are followinh the school safeguarding policy.