Sutton's teachers suffer 400 attacks from pupils in last five years

Your Local Guardian: More than 450 incidents of teaching staff being attacked in Sutton schools More than 450 incidents of teaching staff being attacked in Sutton schools

Teaching staff in Sutton have been the victims of hundreds of attacks from pupils, official figures have revealed.

Since 2009 there have been a total of 435 reports of staff being physically assaulted in Sutton’s schools, according to a freedom of information request by the Sutton Guardian.

Physical assaults include punching, slapping, head-butting, hair pulling and kicking. 

Even staff in nursery schools have complained of violence throughout the last five years.

This year alone 71 members of teaching staff in Sutton have reported physical assaults.

There were also 18 reports of verbal abuse and 12 reports of anti-social behaviour towards staff since 2009.

Out of the total of 465 attacks most of them occurred in the borough’s special schools (221) and primary schools (217) compared to Sutton’s secondary schools (24) and nursery schools (3). 

Government statistics recently revealed that more primary school children in Sutton are being temporarily excluded from school than in anywhere else in outer London.

The most common reasons for exclusions across the borough's schools were violence towards other pupils, violence towards teachers, verbal abuse, bullying and theft.

The statistics:

Your Local Guardian:

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: "Regrettably teachers and support staff are suffering the backlash from deteriorating standards of behaviour.

“They are frequently on the receiving end of children's frustration and unhappiness, and have to deal with the fall-out from parents failing to set boundaries and family breakdowns.

"And the huge funding cuts to local services mean that schools often have to deal with children's problems without any help.

"Schools need to give their staff good and regular training so that they know how to work with students with behavioural or mental health problems and have confidence in handling pupils with challenging behaviour.

"Behaviour training also needs to be an integral part of teacher training."

A spokesperson for Sutton Council said: "We take every example of physical assault and anti-social behaviour seriously and deal with each one as it occurs.

"However, it is important to note that overall the figures are very low and Sutton’s schools are safe places where staff are able to concentrate on providing children with high-quality education."


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3:54pm Wed 7 Aug 13

MarkofCommonsense says...

Sorry "Behaviour training also needs to be an integral part of teacher training" - teacher training!!! - shouldn't that be 'an integral part of Parent Training'?

I would not be surprised if all these 'behavioural issues' within non-special schools are a direct result of the lack of dicipline of young children from their 'young' parent or parents.

If you cannot offer a safe, social educating and rewarding home for a child why have a child in the first place?

Looking around the High Streets of Sutton I often wonder is having a child for many these days just about 'having the latest fashion accessory' like the latest iphone - as there is really no excuse for a unplanned pregnancy in this day and age - and you certainly can't get an upgrade for it at the Carphone Warehouse for £8.99 after a year!

Or is it all to do with benefits......I wonder?
Sorry "Behaviour training also needs to be an integral part of teacher training" - teacher training!!! - shouldn't that be 'an integral part of Parent Training'? I would not be surprised if all these 'behavioural issues' within non-special schools are a direct result of the lack of dicipline of young children from their 'young' parent or parents. If you cannot offer a safe, social educating and rewarding home for a child why have a child in the first place? Looking around the High Streets of Sutton I often wonder is having a child for many these days just about 'having the latest fashion accessory' like the latest iphone - as there is really no excuse for a unplanned pregnancy in this day and age - and you certainly can't get an upgrade for it at the Carphone Warehouse for £8.99 after a year! Or is it all to do with benefits......I wonder? MarkofCommonsense
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4:13pm Wed 7 Aug 13

emelem says...

^-----what he said!

and...i had been considering becoming a primary school teacher...but maybe not now! sheesh....
^-----what he said! and...i had been considering becoming a primary school teacher...but maybe not now! sheesh.... emelem
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9:10pm Wed 7 Aug 13

Michael Pantlin says...

The misunderstood darlings wouldn't have messed with the masters at Bec Grammar School in the 1960s. They had to be experienced to be believed and the cane was always ready and waiting when endless lines, detentions, enforced runs, square bashing, and extra homework didn't restore meticulous orderliness.
The misunderstood darlings wouldn't have messed with the masters at Bec Grammar School in the 1960s. They had to be experienced to be believed and the cane was always ready and waiting when endless lines, detentions, enforced runs, square bashing, and extra homework didn't restore meticulous orderliness. Michael Pantlin
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8:39am Thu 8 Aug 13

LiberalsOut says...

Michael Pantlin wrote:
The misunderstood darlings wouldn't have messed with the masters at Bec Grammar School in the 1960s. They had to be experienced to be believed and the cane was always ready and waiting when endless lines, detentions, enforced runs, square bashing, and extra homework didn't restore meticulous orderliness.
A clip round the ear from a teacher, policeman or your parents used to do the trick in the 60's\70's
If you hit a teacher, that was it you were out
But as was stated in a story last week Sutton does not permanantly exclude children
Now everyone is trying to get on the ADHD bandwagon or the excuse parents use for not disciplining their children in the home
[quote][p][bold]Michael Pantlin[/bold] wrote: The misunderstood darlings wouldn't have messed with the masters at Bec Grammar School in the 1960s. They had to be experienced to be believed and the cane was always ready and waiting when endless lines, detentions, enforced runs, square bashing, and extra homework didn't restore meticulous orderliness.[/p][/quote]A clip round the ear from a teacher, policeman or your parents used to do the trick in the 60's\70's If you hit a teacher, that was it you were out But as was stated in a story last week Sutton does not permanantly exclude children Now everyone is trying to get on the ADHD bandwagon or the excuse parents use for not disciplining their children in the home LiberalsOut
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