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Aggressive Pupils

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 14 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) counselling and (b) legal support has been provided by his Department to teachers in circumstances where aggressive pupils have been physically restrained in each of the last three years. (141923)

The provision of counselling and legal support is a matter for the local authorities and schools that employ teachers and for teachers’ professional associations. Teachers who have been subjected to physical aggression should report incidents to their employer, who has a duty of care to support them.

The Department has issued new guidance, Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education which gives advice about dealing with allegations against teachers. This came into force on 1 January 2007.