Hundreds of school staff attacked in city
A teaching union has called for a meeting with Aberdeen City Council after more than a quarter of staff reported suffering violent attacks in just one year.
A survey of 3,000 EIS members, part of an investigation led by the union into violence in Aberdeen schools, revealed 28% of respondents had reported being assaulted in the 2018-19 academic year.
The most common form of assault was kicking, which occurred in 47% of cases, followed by punching – seen in 41% of incidents.
Teachers also reported being bitten, spat on and hit with an object by
“The safety of our staff is of paramount importance”
pupils. The research also found 57% of teachers reported being assaulted in the past five years.
The survey found 53% of teachers also reported being verbally abused.
As a result of the threat of violence or abuse, more than 45% of teachers surveyed reported they had considered leaving the profession and 37% said it had impacted on their health and wellbeing.
Ron Constable, secretary of the local EIS branch, said: “Teaching staff should never have to go to their employment with the fear of being verbally or physically abused, but it is clear from this survey 18% of teachers are reporting it is a daily occurrence.”
A spokesman for Aberdeen City Council said: “The safety of our teaching staff is of paramount importance.
“Teaching and support staff in schools receive advice and guidance to ensure they are equipped to defuse situations and reduce levels of risk.
“We engage regularly with trade unions and are committed to continuing that positive dialogue.”