Teachers: Crimes of Violence

Education written question – answered on 9th February 2012.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teachers in each region of England have reported physical assaults on them in the last year.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Information is not available in the form requested.

The Department collects information on the reason pupils are excluded from school. This includes data on exclusions classified as relating to physical assault, verbal abuse or threatening behaviour against an adult, but not specifically against teachers or school staff.

Information on the number of permanent and fixed period exclusions classified as relating to ‘physical assault against an adult’ for 2009/10 is shown in the following table.

Any violence against school staff is totally unacceptable. It is for head teachers to consider whether a particular case warrants a pupil being given a fixed-period exclusion, a permanent exclusion or other disciplinary penalty, taking account of the severity and circumstances of the assault.

Maintained primary, state-funded secondary and special schools (1,2) : Number of permanent and fixed period exclusions for physical assault against an adult (3) , 2009/10, by region in England
  Number of permanent exclusions Number of fixed period exclusions
North East 30 670
North West 80 2.010
Yorkshire and the Humber 60 1,960
East Midlands 60 1,490
West Midlands 110 1,770
East of England 40 1,540
London 90 2,460
Inner London 40 1,130
Outer London 60 1,330
South East 70 2,890
South West 40 1,590
England 580 16,370
(1) Includes middle schools as deemed, city technology colleges and academies (including all-through academies). (2) Includes maintained and non-maintained special schools. Excludes general hospital schools. (3) Figures relating to permanent exclusions are estimates based on incomplete pupil-level data. (4) Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10, therefore totals may not appear to equal the sum of constituent parts. Source: School Census

The latest available data on exclusions were published in the Statistical First Release ‘Permanent and Fixed Period Exclusions from Schools in England 2009/10’ on 28 July 2011 at:


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