Teachers in London have been on the end of more than 4,000 assaults in the last fives years a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

National figures show there were 8,030 assaults on school staff in England by pupils aged between four and 11 in 2011.

The Evening Standard report:

Teachers in London have suffered more than 4,000 assaults from pupils over the past five years.

Information obtained by the Evening Standard exposes the shocking scale of violence in the classroom, including the case of a woman teacher in Kingston who was knocked unconscious after being headbutted by pupil of 15.

Data released under the Freedom of Information Act shows that councils recorded 4,372 alleged assaults by students on teachers at primary and secondary schools. The figures include incidents where teachers have been bitten and scratched, as well as those injured when breaking up fights or restraining unruly pupils.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.