Verbal and physical abuse against teachers on the rise

Verbal and physical abuse from students has increased during the past year, a study involving 6,500 teachers has revealed.

The survey, which has been conducted by the NASUWT, finds that students aged 12 to 14 are the most likely to exhibit this kind of behaviour, followed by those aged 15 and 16.

The findings, which were compiled in May and June this year, show that during the previous 12 months respondents have experienced:

Of those teachers who were victim to physical abuse or violence, 14% were hit or punched, 11% were kicked, 39% were shoved, and 6% were spat at.

A majority of the teachers said that the number of students exhibiting physically violent and abusive behaviours (89%) and verbal abuse (93%) has increased in the last 12 months.

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