More than six in ten teachers surveyed in Aberdeen say physical violence and verbal abuse in schools is having an impact on their health and wellbeing.

The survey by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) of more than 600 members in Aberdeen found almost three in ten (28.54%) had been physically assaulted in the 2021/22 session.

It is now calling for the creation of a joint working group to better support staff.

Aberdeen City Council says it has created a new incident reporting process but appreciates further work is required.

Over the 2021/22 period, more than half (54.14%) of teachers said they experienced verbal abuse, an increase on 2019, including racist, sexual orientation and gender specific comments.

When asked if physical violence and verbal abuse has had an impact on their health and wellbeing, 33.5% of members surveyed agreed while 29.4% strongly agreed.

Meanwhile, the majority of teachers (89.91%) who responded indicated more support is needed from the local authority.

EIS local association secretary Ron Constable said: “The returns from our local survey of teachers in Aberdeen city makes for very worrying reading.

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