Conflict costs

Conflict can have long lasting damaging effects on both pupils and staff. The results from a March 2012 survey on physical violence by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) show that 33% of the 814  teachers, lecturers, support staff and school leaders who responded have dealt with physical violence from pupils this school year.

2012 statistics from the Department for Education show that:

  • Nearly 1,000 children are suspended from school for abuse and assault every school day.

  • Persistent disruptive behaviour accounts for nearly a third of all cases of permanent exclusions in secondary schools.

  • Major assaults on staff have reached a five-year high with 44 having to be rushed to hospital with serious injuries last year.

  • Two thirds of teachers say bad behaviour is driving professionals out of the classroom.

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