Teachers return to Kaimes School after unruly pupils dispute

Teachers return to Kaimes School after \unruly pupils\ dispute

Teachers return to school after violent pupil dispute

Teachers who were sent home from an Edinburgh school without pay for refusing to teach “violent” pupils have returned to work after discussions by the council and union bosses.

As reported by STV News in October, 11 staff members at Kaimes School in Liberton were not willing to provide lessons to eight additional needs pupils over physical and verbal assaults.

It was claimed the teachers, who are all members of trade union NASUWT, had been treated in hospital with injuries including broken bones and concussion.

The City of Edinburgh Council and NASUWT released a joint statement, claiming a “range of actions” had been agreed to enhance conditions for the teachers and pupils.

They stated: “The well-being of staff and pupils has been at the heart of the discussions and both parties have agreed that a zero tolerance approach to any incident involving violence against staff is paramount to ensure the safety and protection of staff at all times.

They added: “Both parties agree that the staff and pupils at Kaimes School now need space and stability to enable them to move forward positively.”

Members of the NASUWT union had walked out of Kaimes School with no pay after repeated incidents of verbal and physical abuse by eight specific pupils.

It said: The City of Edinburgh Council and the NASUWT-The Teachers Union are pleased to announce that they have resolved the dispute at Kaimes School in Edinburgh.

A range of actions have been agreed which will enhance both working conditions for teachers and the learning environment for pupils.

The wellbeing of staff and pupils has been at the heart of the discussions and both parties have agreed that a zero tolerance approach to any incident involving violence against staff is paramount to ensure the safety and protection of staff at all times.

It added: In the light of the good progress made, the NASUWT members have now returned to work. The council and the NASUWT will monitor matters and have agreed to meet again in December to review progress.

Both parties agree that the staff and pupils at Kaimes School now need space and stability to enable them to move forward positively and so there will be no further comments or statements made at this time.

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