Schools around the UK may be inspired to send their staff members on personal safety training courses after hearing how physical attacks on educators in Stockton is climbing.

A report sent to the borough’s audit committee in November has revealed that attacks on teaching staff in the area climbed from seven to 30 compared to the same period in 2018, Gazette Live reports.

Stats, seen by the Local Democracy Reporting Service, also show that there were 661 fixed-term exclusions because of verbal assaults between 2018 and 2019, as well as 182 temporary exclusions as a result of physical assaults in schools across the borough.

Councillor Barry Woodhouse, also a former teacher, said he thinks schools need to work with those more challenging students, instead of moving them out of the school.

“It’s proven there are schools excluding low achievers to maintain their position in the league tables, which is an absolute disgrace as an educationalist. Really, it’s up to the schools. If there are persistent offenders, it’s up to the schools, not the local authority. We end up carrying the can in the end, we always do,” he went on to say.

The right training courses can help teachers learn how to communicate with students and parents, work with those with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, and manage challenging and difficult behaviour from students of all ages, including children and their parents, carers and guardians.

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