School staff safety is a priority for council

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When Scottish Borders Council logs attacks on teachers they include verbal aggression, harassment and threatening behaviour.

However, when Scottish Conservatives asked councils for information on assaults on school staff, Borders schools seemed to be far more dangerous than schools in Glasgow, Aberdeenshire. Dundee and Falkirk.

After Berwickshire MSP John Lamont issued a press release expressing concern at the level of assaults in local schools - 179 assaults on school staff by pupils were recorded last year - the council explained their position.

A spokesperson for SBC said: “We have made improvements to the system used to record all incidents of abuse in schools.

“As part of a robust policy we monitor a significant number of areas including verbal aggression, harassment and threatening behaviour. We report these incidents for all staff in schools – teaching and non-teaching. What we record and monitor is different from some other councils and that is why our numbers are higher.

“We are clear that any act of abuse in a school is unacceptable and we will continue to closely monitor incidents of this nature and take appropriate actions.”