'APPALLING' FIGURES REVEAL HORRORS IN THE CLASSROOM; Pupils Suspended in Just One Year for 1,500 Attacking, Threatening or Swearing at Teachers
Byline: Lucy Lynch
A STAGGERING 1,500 pupils were suspended from schools in Coventry and Warwickshire in just 12 months for attacking, threatening or swearing at their teachers.
Shocking new figures for the year beginning September 2009 were released by school support staff union the GMB - which is now calling for teachers and other staff to be taught special restraint techniques.
There were 449 pupils from Coventry schools suspended for varying lengths of time for attacking, threatening or swearing at their teachers and other staff.
In Warwickshire 14 pupils were expelled and another 1,004 were suspended for the same reason - making the county's schools the third most violent in the wider West Midlands region.
Assistants in the classroom rather than qualified teachers are bearing the brunt of the shocking tide of violence in our schools.
GMB bosses, who represent support staff such as teaching assistants, dinner supervisors and caretakers, says new government guidance on adults using 'reasonable force' against violent pupils isn't going to solve the "appalling" problem.
Instead the union is calling for adults working in schools to get more training in behaviour management and to be shown how to safely restrain violent pupils. The union also wants staff to be given protective equipment.
Senior GMB organiser Martin Hird said: "These figures for levels of physical assaults and verbal abuse by pupils against adults are appalling and completely unacceptable. …