Teach­ers tell of stress after Stur­geon call

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TEACH­ERS have de­scribed phys­i­cal and ver­bal as­saults, over­whelm­ing work­loads and a lack of staff in schools in let­ters sent to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

First Min­is­ter Nicola Stur­geon in Oc­to­ber asked teach­ers to write to her to tell her about their ex­pe­ri­ences.

A Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest by the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives has re­leased 60 out of 120 let­ters which were sent dur­ing that time.

Amongst the let­ters, con­cerns over as­saults, as well as dif­fi­culty in man­ag­ing the level of work re­quired, were raised.

In one let­ter, a teacher writes: “The class teacher was hit, I was kicked and punched. My amaz­ing sup­port staff were sub­ject to re­peated kicks to the stom­ach and were bit­ten.”

The lack of teach­ing staff was also cited as a sig­nif­i­cant is­sue.

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