Commenting on a report on the number of cases of indiscipline in Scottish schools, EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said:

“While the majority of incidents of indiscipline that occur in our schools are low-level in nature there are occasions when more serious incidents involving, violence, threat of violence or intimidation can occur. The EIS is clear that a zero-tolerance approach should be taken to violent incidents and police involvement should be sought under these circumstances.

Local Authorities have a duty of care to all their employees and it is important they take the necessary steps to ensure that our schools are as safe as possible, without damaging the open and welcoming environment that our schools seek to provide.

Pupils can display disruptive and aggressive behaviour for a wide range of reasons and it is important we take steps to understand the variable causes of that behaviour. However, cuts to education budgets have reduced the number of specialist support staff such as pupil support assistants and Educational Psychologists available to work with pupils. It is important that the Scottish Government and Local Authorities continue to invest in education to ensure all pupils have access to appropriate support.”