Every week up to 8,000 teachers will deal with a pupil carrying an offensive weapon such as a knife or a gun, according to research published today.
The proportion of teachers who report dealing with an offensive weapon has risen from 0.5 per cent a week in 2001 to 1.9 per cent. Reported incidents of drug taking in schools have more than doubled in seven years – from 1 per cent of teachers reporting incidents to 2.2 per cent of teachers. And the numbers of pupils carrying offensive weapons has gone up by more than 25 per cent: the 2.6 per cent of teachers reporting incidents in a month rising to 3.3 per cent. The study also showed that more than one in 10 teachers now reported being pushed or manhandled by pupils.