Recent published official figures reveal the shocking (but not surprising) news that Essex is the 3rd highest LEA in the UK for pupil attacks on teachers in 2010/11. This includes pupils punching, kicking, verbally abusing and, most disturbing of all, BITING teachers. The figure of 2,346 attacks by pupils on teachers in Essex is higher even than for Birmingham, Britain's second largest city. Essex's figure of 2,346 attacks does not include the 502 attacks on teachers by pupils recorded for the unitary authorities of Thurrock and Southend. If combined with the Essex figure, this gives an overall total of 2, 848 attacks by pupils on teachers in Essex (including Thurrock and Southend); the second highest total in the UK. No other profession would permit its workforce to be abused in this deplorable manner. In the light of the recent riots, which even the police were unable to control, what hope have teachers come September in controlling potentially rioting masses of schoolchildren ? Small wonder so many teachers are quitting !