Sharp drop in school attacks

Outwood Academy Valley, Worksop
Outwood Academy Valley, Worksop

The number of physical attacks by pupils on teachers in Bassetlaw has dramatically reduced in the past year, according to new figures.

Data obtained through the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act shows there were zero recorded incidents between 2012-13 - compared to three in 2011-12 and 13 in 2010-11.

According to Notts County Council, the recorded attacks happened at Portland and Valley in Worksop and Elizabethan and Retford Oaks over the past three years.

Of the total number of physical attacks, three resulted in exclusion, six pupils were verbally reprimanded and three cases put down to special educational needs.

There were no verbal attacks recorded over the same period.

Katy Williams, director of business services at Outwood Grange Academies Trust, which governs Portland and Valley, said the data was a clear indicator of Outwood’s approach to discipline.

“We have had no incidents of physical attacks by pupils on teachers since Outwood took over Valley and Portland and there has been no change to the way we record our data,” she said.

“We believe that our academies have set clear and high expectations of behaviour and that students understand and act within these.”

She added: “We also believe that by providing an engaging curriculum with high quality teaching, students are more likely to respond to staff in a positive and respectful way.”

“Parent feedback is always mixed but we have some extremely positive parents. It’s all about the results we achieve for the pupils - that’s what we are measured on.”