Four-year-olds being sent home for attacking teachers as violence hits peak

Pupil violence on teachers is at an all time high, with figures showing more than 50 of the nation's youngest pupils are sent home every day for attacking or threatening teachers.

Statistics show 10,218 exclusions were reported for Reception, Year 1 and 2 students between 2018 and 2019, the youngest of which are just four years old.

Of those, 9,055 resulted in suspensions, 1,163 fixed-term exclusions and 115 permanent expulsions.

The figures, revealed by Department for Education under Freedom of Information laws, also reveal there were 3,481 exclusions reported for under-sevens attacking other pupils during the 190 school days of 2018-19.

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Christopher McGovern, chairman of Campaign for Real Education, said: “These figures are extremely worrying and show that we are storing up big social problems for the future.

“Too many parents are failing to set boundaries. Teachers are left to pick up the pieces and have to fall back on exclusions.

“Classroom discipline should be centre-stage in teacher training. Instead, it is too often regarded as much less important than brainwashing children in political correctness.

In 2019, violence by students in school worsened following education budget cuts, according to the Independent.

Schools received a string of reports of violent threats against teaching staff, including one of a teacher left bleeding from the neck after a pupil attacked them.

A motion which was backed NASUWT teachers’ unions conference in Belfast called for teachers to be defended when their safety is “placed at risk by pupil indiscipline".

It described indiscipline and violence as a “significant and worsening problem” in schools, adding that teacher are told it is just “part of the job”.

Russ Walters, honorary treasurer, told the conference: “We cannot continue to put up with this lack of dignity, this absolute prostitution of our professionalism, We have to stand up for what is right.”

Alfredo Gualda, a teach from Doncaster, said parents needed to do more to help, adding: “If your child is constantly disruptive, if they are violent, if they are abusive, I think it’s about time that schools and teach question the parenting of those children.”

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