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A GMB member working in a Swindon school recently experienced a serious violent incident from an 8 year old pupil, which required her to be hospitalised with a dislocated finger. A few days later, the school sent the same pupil on a field trip, where he assaulted 7 out of 8 staff. GMB has advised the individual members to pursue potential industrial injury claims, with the union’s support.
GMB was surprised to be advised that Swindon Borough Council do not believe that the school handled the situation badly, and Swindon Borough Council do not have a policy which requires pupils who are violent to staff or fellow pupils to be immediately suspended, pending a risk assessment review.
Our members have also reported to us increasing incidence of very challenging pupils being placed in mainstream schools. GMB has demanded a meeting with the council to ensure that a policy is adopted that gives adequate recognition to the demands for staff and pupil safety, and we are waiting for a date.
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