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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16027: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 18 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to figures published by the City of Edinburgh Council, which are reported to show a significant rise in the number of assaults on teaching staff in Edinburgh, particularly in primary schools.

Answered by: John Swinney 25 April 2018

We want all our children and young people to behave in a respectful manner towards their peers and staff and no teacher should have to suffer abuse. Our refreshed guidance on preventing and managing schools exclusions, published last year, includes guidance on managing challenging behaviour.

We also published the Behaviour in Scottish Schools Research 2016 in December 2017. This is based on the views of head teachers, teachers and support staff at both primary and secondary schools across Scotland. The research found that the majority of pupils are well behaved and a credit to their school.