The EIS has welcomed the call from a key children's rights body for more support for teachers who are confronted with challenging behaviour at school.

Commenting on the report by the Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland, on restraint and seclusion in Scotland's schools, an EIS spokesperson said:

"We welcome the Children's Commissioner's call for national guidelines and standards, and, much more critically, training and support for teachers, on physical interventions with pupils."

"Schools are increasingly diverse learning communities, seeking to meet the needs of children with multiple and often complex needs which can be expressed through distressed behaviour that can be dangerous to themselves, their peers and staff."

"When all attempts to de-escalate distressed behaviour have been made but have been unsuccessful, it is reasonable to judge that the child and others would benefit from them being away from the environment in which the distressed behaviour occurred. Sometimes, in the interests of the wellbeing of the child and others, this will mean that they may have to be safely removed."

"Dealing with these situations is incredibly difficult, and puts teachers under a lot of pressure, and increasingly so in the context of cuts to education budgets. Teachers, schools and young people need much more support."

"Schools need to be resourced sufficiently to create nurturing spaces, and with the requisite numbers of highly skilled teaching and support staff to meet the needs of children requiring additional support, including those whose behaviour is distressed and which can present risk to self and others. With the current child mental health crisis unfolding this need is more pressing now than ever."