Assaults on teachers

1.How many teachers have been assaulted on school premises or just outside school premises in the last three years?

We may hold this information but to collate it we would need to manually review approximately 80 cases of permanent exclusion and between 3000 – 3500 cases of fixed term exclusions for each year to identify if the reason for the exclusion was due to an assault on a teacher. Even if each one only took five minutes the total time needed would be in excess of the 18 hours specified in the Freedom of Information Act Section 12 Cost of Compliance. Therefore we consider this information to be exempt.

2. How many teachers have been assaulted by a parent with a child at their school in the last three years?

We do not hold this information.

3. How much money has been paid out in compensation for teachers who have been assaulted?

None – this relates to Devon Maintained schools only. We do not hold information relating to other types of school.

4. How many teachers have been sexual harassed or assaulted on school grounds? Please specify harassment or assault.

We may hold this information but to collate it we would need to manually review over three thousand cases of exclusion and other reports in several different systems to identify if the reason for the exclusion was due to sexual harassment or assault on a teacher. Even if each one only took five minutes the total time needed would be in excess of the 18 hours specified in the Freedom of Information Act Section 12 Cost of Compliance. Therefore we consider this information to be exempt.

5. How much compensation has been granted to teachers who were sexually harassed or assaulted on school grounds?

None – this relates to Devon Maintained schools only. We do not hold information relating to other types of school.

Please provide answers in a yearly break down for the last four years (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 to date) and provide the level of education eg. primary teacher, secondary school teacher, or sixth form teacher. If possible please provide the name of the school where a teacher was assaulted.

For Questions 2 Р5 the information is not held centrally by Devon County Council but would be held by the individual school in question. Contact details for schools are available on our public website at Schools database