Date lodged: 25 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to figures suggesting that school support staff in Edinburgh have been attacked or abused by pupils 2,478 times over the last three years.
Answered by: John Swinney 2 November 2018
It is not acceptable for anyone working in our schools to be assaulted verbally or physically. The Scottish Government, local authorities and all school staff are continually striving to develop peaceful, positive and inclusive learning environments where all children and young people benefit fully from Curriculum for Excellence.
Working together, we are supporting teachers, schools and, importantly, pupils through a number of strategies and programmes to tackle serious indiscipline, abuse and violence, as we are determined that all children and young people get the support they need to benefit fully from their education. These strategies can be adopted to improve relationships and behaviour and prevent the need for exclusion. They include good behaviour management and behaviour support teams; solution-oriented, restorative and nurture approaches; and programmes to help develop social, emotional and behavioural skills.