4 out of 10 teachers have experienced violence from pupils in the past year, a survey for the ATL teachers union suggests.
Of those who had experienced violence, 77% said they had been pushed, and around half were kicked or had an object thrown at them.
Nine out of 10 staff had dealt with challenging behaviour, such as swearing or shouting, in the past year.
Teachers have greater powers deal with poor behaviour, the government said.
However, 45% of the 1,250-strong panel of teachers surveyed across England, Wales and Northern Ireland said they felt pupil behaviour had got worse in the past two years. Teachers in Scotland were not included in the survey.
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