Nearly a quarter of teachers (22%) in the Eastern England region are experiencing physical violence from pupils at least once a week or more, a survey has found.
The teachers union NASUWT found that nearly nine in ten (85%) teachers have suffered physical or verbal abuse from pupils over the last 12 months. 85% of teachers have been sworn at, while more than four in ten (43%) have been verbally threatened.
Nearly a quarter (24%) of teachers have been hit, punched or kicked, and 36% have been shoved or barged. 4% have been spat at, and 1% have been head-butted.
Four in 10 (43%) experienced anxiety, depression or stress, and more than eight in ten (83%) say the abuse from pupils has affected their morale and enthusiasm for their job.
Almost half (49%) of teachers report being made to feel that they are to blame by their school for issues regarding poor pupil behaviour, while 40% say the culture in their school is that verbal and physical abuse is part of the job and teachers should expect this behaviour
Less than a fifth of teachers (15%) feel that when incidents were reported, the pupil or pupils were dealt with appropriately. 9% state that no action was taken by the school to tackle the perpetrators.