Teachers return to Kaimes School after 'unruly pupils' dispute

By Angie Brown
BBC Scotland, Edinburgh and East reporter

image captionThe teachers were sent home from the Kaimes School in Liberton

Eleven Edinburgh teachers who were sent home without pay over "unruly pupils" at a special needs school have returned to work after union and council leaders resolved the dispute.

The solution comes almost three weeks after the dispute started.

Some teachers had claimed that they were injured after chairs and signs were thrown at staff.

Police were called in on some occasions to the school which provides education for primary and secondary aged pupils who require support associated with autism.

'Zero tolerance'

The Teachers' Union, the NASUWT said a "range of actions" had been agreed to enhance conditions for teachers and pupils.

A spokesman added: "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.

"In the light of the good progress made, the NASUWT members have now returned to work."

The union said that they would monitor the situation along with the local council and would meet in December to review progress.

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."

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