Information obtained by the offices of Jackson Carlaw MSP and Paul Masterton MP has revealed that there have been over 900 physical incidents against East Renfrewshire teachers and nearly 200 verbal incidents over the last 5 years.
The information going back to 2013/14 shows that there have been 909 physical incidents against teachers and 179 verbal incidents.
There has been an increase in physical incidents of 211 or 188% from 2013/14 to the last complete statistical year 2016/2017.
There are no recorded incidents involving the use of a weapon and the majority of physical incidents relate to pupils with additional support needs.
Teachers are able to report incidents via the ‘On-line Accident Incident Reporting System’, which feeds the information direct to the Education Health & Safety and Corporate Health and Safety Unit teams “to allow appropriate action”.
Commenting Eastwood MSP, Jackson Carlaw said:
“Any incident whether physical or verbal against a teacher must be treated in the most serious manner.
“No one should be expected to go to work and face abuse.
“It is important however to recognise, as East Renfrewshire Council note in their response, that the majority of physical incidents relate to pupils with additional support needs whose actions must be viewed in the context of their individual situations.”
East Renfrewshire MP, Paul Masterton, added:
"All actions must be taken to ensure East Renfrewshire teachers are protected from physical and verbal attacks.
“I have written to East Renfrewshire Council Chief Executive, Lorraine McMillan, with Jackson Carlaw MSP to raise our concerns about the rise in these incidents which we trust the Council is aware of and taking proactive action to bring down.”