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VIOLENT ATTACKS ON TEACHERS RISE, TUC REPORT SAYS

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The Trades Union Congress today claims the biggest problem facing one in ten schools in the UK is attacks on teache...
The Trades Union Congress today claims the biggest problem facing one in ten schools in the UK is attacks on teachers in the classroom, reports The Express (p17).

In a report, entitled Violent Times, the TUC says teachers are facing a 'dramatic' rise in assaults by pupils of all ages and an increase in the number of attacks by violent parents and intruders.

'Teachers face pupils armed with knives, air pistols, hammers and chemical sprays. One was threatened with a meat cleaver amd staff have been kicked, bitten, scratched and knocked over by pupils ranging from five to 11,' it says.

The report also claims one in five of all workers is likely to be attacked physically or verbally this year and blames employers for adopting 'the attitude that violence is unpredictable and therefore cannot be prevented'.

John Monks, general secretary of the TUC, says: 'It is just as important for employers to protect their workers from violence as they would deal with any other threat to health and safety.'
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