More than 30 teaching staff at schools and nurseries across Yorkshire have been sacked over allegations of sexual or physical abuse of the children in their care during the last 3 years, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

As well as this there have been more than 700 other allegations made against teaching staff in the same period.

The Yorkshire Post write:

The figures are contained in a new national report which says there has been a 19 per cent rise in allegations of physical and sexual child abuse in schools and nurseries in England over three academic years from 2008 to 2011.

The report has been produced by IBB solicitors and is based on council responses to a freedom of information request.

Figures show 17 teaching staff in Kirklees have been dismissed while 111 were suspended. There were 341 allegations made in the district between 2008/09 and 2010/11 against teaching and non teaching staff. In the East Riding there was 63 allegations of physical or sexual abuse of pupils made against teaching and non teaching staff resulting in 25 suspensions and 13 dismissals.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.