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Pupils and school staff are being put at risk as a result of the failure of some schools to act on information about violent and disruptive pupils, according to teachers at the Annual Conference of NASUWT Scotland-The Teachers’ Union.

Schools are failing in their duty to record and address all incidents of serious pupil violence and disruption, the Conference in Glasgow has heard today.

Adequate risk assessments are not always being undertaken of pupils who persistently display high levels of aggression and violence in school. Even where such assessments are made, the details are often not shared or passed on to school staff and adequate steps put in place to ensure the safety of fellow pupils and staff is protected.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“Where a pupil is known to exhibit violent and disruptive behaviour, a risk assessment should be undertaken and action taken to support the pupil to address their behaviour and to protect other pupils and staff.
“However, there are too many cases where schools and local authorities fail to act on reports of serious disruption and violence and fail to provide both pupils and staff with the protection and support they need.
“The NASUWT is continuing to challenge those schools and local authorities which leave teachers recklessly exposed to violent pupil behaviour.”
Jane Peckham, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said:
“Pupil behaviour is one of the top concerns that teachers raise about their job. Yet evidence shows that teachers are not receiving the support they need to tackle these issues. 
“The NASUWT believes there should be a zero tolerance policy of violent behaviour in schools. Failing to deal with this problem will only make matters worse and endangers pupils and staff.”


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