Dear Tom, I am an Infant teacher with a child in my class who is undergoing assessment for Autism. He is becoming more and more violent in the last month, with regular, at least weekly physical attacks on other children and sometimes staff. He has taken to slapping people across the face if he comes across something he does not like. In the past month, he has physically attacked me on three separate occasions during class teaching. He does have an odd perspective on the world sometimes and the slapping and hitting in his eyes is always justifed as he is 'in the right'. He always has a reason- ie .'I didn't want to stop making my model and you made me stop'. (It was tidying up time!!) My Head is reluctant to give him sanctions due to his 'lack of understanding'. She just gives him a telling off and says not to do it again and that he will miss some Golden time, which a chance to earn most of it back for good behaviour. When he does get sent to her office, she lets him have Thinking time about his behaviour...doing colouring! I plucked up the courage this week to tell her that I didn't think her sanctions were tough enough or immediate enough and she actually, to her credit, agreed with me and made him miss his whole playtime. Today this child hurt me again- he hit me on my arm and threw a sharp pencil hard at my face, which drew blood on my forehead, all because he didn't want to do any writing. He was sent home this afternoon but was not excluded, so will be returning to school tomorrow as normal. I am expected to continue to teach him. My Head has now put in place provision for a TA to be at his side all the time but my TA is also not happy with being utilised in this capacity. I am right in thinking that this child despite having a possible 'condition' still should have been excluded? My Head's argument is that she can't see what effect it might have as he won't understand why he is at home other than to have a nice day off . Can I potentially refuse to teach him in his current state of agitation? Also can my TA refuse to be one to one with such an unpredictable child? I am actually feeling very anxious about going into the classroom with him in case a situation arises again. I really like my Headteacher- she is a lovely lady, who has great ideas for the school but I am extremely concerned about the children in my class' welfare and mine and my TA's safety. I have a very good professional working relationship with my Head, which I obviously don't want to upset. How can I put my concerns to her without offending her? Should I get my union involve at this stage or should I continue to talk to her at the risk of another incident occurring in the meantime? Any comments or advice from anyone would be greatly appreciated- I'm at my wit's end.