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Violent attacks on Scotland's Teaching Assistants rises.

Violent attacks on Scotland's Teaching Assistants rises.

VIOLENT attacks by pupils on Scotland’s classroom assistants have rocketed by nearly a third in the space of just three years, new figures have revealed.

The 13,000 support workers in primary and secondary schools are now regularly being subjected to bites, punches and verbal abuse from unruly children.

An average of 35 attacks were recorded per school day last year according to union chiefs who claim pressure on the workers, who take home a fraction of the wage earned by teachers, is the “untold story of Scottish education”.

One in four Scots children now has additional support needs – a rate which has more than doubled since 2010 – but the number of dedicated staff for these demands has not kept pace.

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