It would help it you stopped arbitrarily choosing the smallest numbers. The telegraph article has a much more realistic figure of 87,610 for "excluded from England's secondary schools in 2005/6 for physical or verbal assaults on teachers" You may need to hospitalised before you consider it an assault, I don't. The telegraph quote a figure of 2.7% of all pupils. Not all assaults are reported. The article goes on to say "The Department for Children, Schools and Families, however, insisted that exclusions for physical assaults were only a small proportion of the total, with the majority for threatening language." There is the key phrase "only a small proportion of the total". I happen to know that some schools have SMT's that pressurise staff in letting minor assaults go. Schools actively try to suppress reports about how bad they are. Many parents who come into schools are often shocked by the behaviour of pupils. Try 90000 assaults for 2009/10 http://teachersupport.info/news/in-the-press/Assaults-on-school-staff-figures-released.php I find the tite of this thread rather misleading.