MORE than a quarter of Oxfordshire teachers are experiencing physical violence from pupils at least once a week, according to a new survey.

The survey for the South East region by NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, found that six per cent of staff said they are attacked on a daily basis.

According to the data, nine in 10 teachers have suffered physical or verbal abuse from pupils over the last 12 months.

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84 per cent of teachers have been sworn at, while four in 10 have been verbally threatened.

Nearly half experienced anxiety, depression or stress, and 79 per cent said the abuse from pupils has affected their morale and enthusiasm for their job.

The physical and verbal abuse from pupils has driven over half of teachers to seriously consider leaving the profession or they are planning to leave teaching shortly.

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Speaking of the survey Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, called the results 'unacceptable'.

He said: “No teacher should ever have to go to work with the expectation of being verbally or physically abused, but it is clear from this survey that for too many teachers this is the day-to-day reality.

“Pupil indiscipline is now second only to workload in teachers’ concern about their job and is a contributory factor to the teacher recruitment and retention crisis."