TEACHERS will demand that the SNP makes plans to tackle a rising tide of violence in Scotland’s schools when the party meets at its annual conference in Aberdeen this weekend.

NASUWT, Britain’s second-largest teaching union, will highlight increasing pupil violence and abuse when it holds a fringe meeting at the conference.

The union will also set out its own plans to halt “the growth of serious violence and disorder in classrooms.”

These include strengthening national guidance for schools on behaviour, making it clear that sanctions, including exclusion, should be applied.

NASUWT general secretary Dr Patrick Roach said: “Pupil behaviour and workload are two of the main factors driving teachers out of the profession and deterring new entrants.

“No party can fulfil its responsibility to secure a world-class education system that allows all children and young people to flourish and succeed without acting effectively to tackle these issues.”

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