Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today revealed that over 9,500 attacks on teachers have occurred in the last three years, describing the figures as “utterly unacceptable”.
A freedom of information request by the Scottish Liberal Democrats has found that since 2014/15 there have been 9,543 attacks on teachers. Figures show that schools in Glasgow have recorded 1,218 incidents so far this year, accounting for half the attacks in Scotland in 2016/17.
Based on the information provided, on average there were 3.6 attacks per school since 2014/15. There were also 186 cases recorded in which the police were called or the matter went to court.
Commenting, Mr Scott said:
“It is utterly unacceptable for anyone to be assaulted when they are at work. It is no different for teachers, yet they have been the victim of attacks on almost 10,000 occasions since 2014/15.
“These are incredibly concerning figures. Teachers work day in day out to make sure our children are given every opportunity to achieve their potential and get on in life.
“Children and teachers must feel that their school is a safe place where they feel comfortable, confident and ready to learn. Violence, or even the fear of such disruption, can hold that back.
“The Scottish Government must set out how it will support local authorities and schools in tackling this problem and reversing this worrying trend.”