August 24, 2015

Primary Pupils Punished for Physical Assault Up By A Quarter 

Reporting on the latest statistics for school exclusions - Permanent and Fixed Period Exclusions in England: 2013 to 2014, the BBC highlights the 'considerable' increase in the number of primary school pupils either suspended or given fixed-term exclusions for up to a period of 45 days for assaulting an adult in school.

Pupils aged five to 11 were suspended 11,420 times for physical assault against an adult in state-funded primary schools in 2013-14 - up from 9,080 the previous year.

The total number of permanent exclusions across primary, secondary and special schools also increased slightly compared with 2012-13.

The BBC prints a quote from General secretary of the NASUWT teaching union Chris Keates who said, "These figures underline the findings of a recent NASUWT survey in which 16% of teachers said they had been physically assaulted in the last 12 months by a pupil, an increase of 7% on the same survey in 2014.