The NASUWT is receiving increasing reports of pupils using Covid-19 as part of poor behaviour, including coughing at school staff and deliberately flouting safety rules. Dr Patrick Roach says concerted action – from schools and government – is needed

The government’s claims that schools are Covid-safe is being challenged across the board, not least because of its failure to follow the scientific evidence, the lack of social distancing in schools, the absence of face coverings in classrooms, and inadequate cleaning, hygiene and ventilation.

Poor pupil behaviour has also once again reared its head, and this time as a genuine threat to Covid security.

From workers in shops, hospitals, delivery drivers and others we hear daily stories of the increased abuse many have experienced when going about their jobs and while trying to keep service users and the public safe. And schools are no exception.

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