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Primary school teachers may need to wear BODYCAMS for protection from violent pupils after ‘alarming’ rise

PRIMARY school teachers could soon start wearing BODYCAMS to tackle violent pupils in the classroom.

After an alarming spate of attacks on teachers by children as young as five, many are calling for the measure to be introduced in schools.

 The chairman of governors at Blaendulais Primary School has called for teachers to wear bodycams
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The chairman of governors at Blaendulais Primary School has called for teachers to wear bodycams

One of whom is Steve Hunt – a chairman of governors for Blaendulais Primary School near Port Talbot, South Wales – who warned that pupil aggression towards teaching staff was "on the rise".

Mr Hunt explained that the police-style bodycams will help combat the "alarming rise" in violence towards teachers and teaching staff.

"There's increasing aggression towards teachers and teaching assistants in our primary schools,” he affirmed.

"This is quite alarming to say the least – I am well aware of a number of cases personally."

There's increasing aggression towards teachers and teaching assistants in our primary schools

Steve Hunt

Mr Hunt added how he recently raised the concerns at a meeting of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.

His desperate plea for bodycams on teachers comes after a recent survey suggested that nearly one in four teachers are physically attacked by pupils – at least once a week.

Violence in the classroom

According to a study – of more than 4,900 teachers – from the NASUWT teaching union, nearly one in four teachers (24%) are physically attacked by pupils at least once a week.

Teachers also reported that they had been "shoved or barged", and a significant percentage revealed they had been hit, punched or kicked.

  • 86% said they have been sworn at
  • 46% said they have been verbally threatened
  • 29% said they have been hit, punched or kicked
  • 39% said they have been shoved or barged by students
  • 7% said they have been spat at
  • 3% said they have been headbutted

He added: "We are getting to the point where, in order to feel safe, teachers may need to wear body cameras - like traffic wardens and the police - so they have got the evidence to support what they're saying to officials and officers of the local authority."

But Andrew Thomas, the council’s head of transformation, was unable to provide him an answer on whether or not the cams would be introduced.

He said: "Work is ongoing with school to ensure they follow the correct reporting processes following incidents of aggression to staff.

"A number of specialist facilities have opened up for children who display extreme behaviour in recent years.

"In the future we will probably have more specialist facilities."