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The Leadership Playbook: How Selling Helps You Become a Leader

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now If you want to be a leader, there is no better place to start than in sales. The attributes and skills you need to develop to become a leader are required of you as a salesperson. Including the need to understand business, generate revenue, and build a profitable business.Understanding What Other People WantSelling is the act of helping people get what they want or need. To do that you have to understand what people want. What you need to know and understand is all contained inside your prospective client’s mind. You have to know how to gain access to their thinking.To sell well it helps to have a deep understanding of human psychology. It also helps to be empathetic and to care about other people, both of which eliminate the self-orientation that destroys sales.Understanding what people want and need and connecting with them will help you become a better leader.Creating a Case for ChangeSometimes people don’t know what they want or what they need. Other times, perhaps more often, people don’t want to do what they need to do or what they need to do to achieve better results.Much of the time selling means helping people develop a case for change and the commitment to do something different than they are doing now. In sales, this often requires an investment of money. But it also requires an investment of time and emotional energy. Change isn’t easy.If you want to be a leader, you are by definition an agent of change. Selling will help you become a more effective agent.Creating a Compelling Vision of the FutureWhat salespeople sell is a future state. They sell outcomes that aren’t presently being achieved. To do that, they create a compelling vision of the future that pulls the prospective client towards it.This is also what leaders do. They develop and share a compelling vision of the future they are leading the people and organization in their charge towards.A leader has to sell that vision. He has to convince others that it is the right future, and that is worth their investment of time and energy.Building ConsensusLeaders make decisions. But they don’t make those decisions alone. They build consensus among the leadership team and among the people on whose support they will depend if they are going to generate that future state.A salesperson must be able to bring people together around a common goal, mitigating any damage the change might cause some members, and asking people to set aside what they want for the greater good.Leadership is about more than making decisions. It’s about making decisions stick, and executing once they are made. That requires consensus.Accountability for ResultsThere are varied ideas about what is the most important thing a leader does. Many people say it’s vision. Others say it’s moral authority. If you had ten people in a room you would have eleven opinions on what makes a good leader. For my money, leadership boils down to accountability for a certain set of results.Salespeople are accountable for producing the results they sell. They are accountable for the outcomes they promise their clients. And this, for me, is the essence of leadership: accountability. It’s stepping up and taking responsibility for producing a set of outcomes, something successful salespeople routinely do.If you want to be a leader, sales is the perfect place to begin honing the attributes and skills you will need.last_img read more

Uttar Pradesh CM To Meet NRIs in Mauritius This Week

first_imgAfter having met representatives of two dozen U.S. companies for investment opportunities in the state, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will now head to Mauritius on Nov. 1 to invite NRIs to invest in the state.The chief minister’s three-day visit to Mauritius will involve participation in the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in the country — a mega event designed to woo investors, PTI reported.Yogi Adityanath’s visit will be a platform for him to meet NRIs and explore possibilities of investment in Uttar Pradesh. He will also talk to members of the diaspora about the steps taken by the state government to make things easy for investors.As the chief minister assured the 50-member delegation representing 26 American firms during the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) on Oct. 23, the Uttar Pradesh government office has now put up a single window system, which will grant prompt clearances for investors. Adityanath assured the visiting team that the state economy will play a big role in India-U.S. ties and that his government is committed towards providing an investor-friendly environment. The state also has come up with the Industrial Investment and Employment Promotion Policy initiative to attract investments in the industrial sector.The delegation that attended the USISPF event included major U.S. firms such as Boeing, Facebook, Adobe, Coca-Cola, Mastercard, and Uber. Representatives from these companies also met the state Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh, who told them that their investment will create employment opportunities in the state.The state government has been organizing the UP Pravasi Divas for two years to seek NRI help in development initiatives. It is also said to be planning a Global Investors Summit along the lines of the BJP- ruled states of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.Yogi Adityanath’s three-day Mauritius visit comes on the heels of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s three-country tour to attract investments in his state, and the U.S. visits of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, as well as Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Related ItemsAdityanath Mauritius visitLittle IndiaMauritius diasporaUP Pravasi DivasUttar Pradesh NRI investmentYogi Adityanath NRIslast_img read more

Migrants to Pay Double Surcharge for Health Services in UK

first_imgThe health surcharge paid by professionals, students and long-term visitors from countries outside the European Union, including India, during the application process for UK visa is set to double from £200 pounds to £400 per year, the government announced on Feb 5. The surcharge, which was introduced in April 2015, is applicable to all individuals from non-EU countries looking to live, study or work in the United Kingdom for six months or more. The surcharge is payable annually until the person is granted indefinite stay in the country.The discounted rate for students, which was £150, will rise to £300. The UK Department of Health and Social Care is looking to make the hike effective from later this year. The increase has been attributed to the increasing severity of the crisis affecting the state-funded National Health Service since Brexit.“It is only right that people who come to the UK should contribute to the running of the NHS. The surcharge offers access to health care services that are far more comprehensive and at a much lower cost than many other countries,” UK Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said in a statement issued by the Department of health and Social Care. “The income generated goes directly to the NHS services, helping to protect and sustain our world-class healthcare system for everyone who uses it,” she added.As per the department’s estimates, the NHS spends £470 on average per person every year for the treatment of surcharge payers. The projections by the department say that the increased surcharges will provide about an extra £220 million every year, which will be redirected into running the NHS.“Our NHS is always there when you need it, paid for by British taxpayers. We welcome long-term migrants using the NHS, but it is only right that they make a fair contribution to its long-term sustainability,” UK Health Minister James O’Shaughnessy said in a statement. “By increasing the surcharge so that it better reflects the actual costs of using health services, this government is providing an extra 220 million pounds a year to support the NHS,” he added.The surcharge has been seen as a way to clamp down on “health tourism” in the United Kingdom, which took up 0.3 per cent of the NHS budget, according to Full Fact, a fact-checking website.The payment is made at the time the immigration application is made. The amount is payable until such time as the person is granted indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom, or returns to their own country at the end of their visa period.The surcharge is not related to urgent and emergency care, which is available regardless of immigration status. Those exempted from the surcharge are asylum seekers, refugees and victims of trafficking or modern slavery. Related ItemsBritainUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Khalistan Supporter Wanted in India Released by Canadian Police After Brief Detention

first_imgCanadian law authorities took into custody Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in mid-April and released him 24 hours later, the Hindustan Times reported. No charges were filed against him.Nijjar was one of the people named on the list of wanted men that was given by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his India trip in February this year. The Indian government has held Nijjar responsible for multiple targeted killings, including that of Rulda Singh, who was then heading the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 2009.Nijjar was detained by the Surrey unit of the Royal Canadian Mounter Police (RCMP) in the afternoon of April 13, the publication reported citing sources. He was released the next day. The RCMP spokesperson refused to comment on the matter, the report added.No other person on the list of wanted persons that Singh gave to Trudeau during their meeting in February has apparently been taken in for questioning by Canadian authorities so far, the report said. The other persons named on the list are Gurjeet Singh Cheema, Gurpreet Singh, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Gurjinder Singh Pannu and Malkeet Singh alias Fauji Sanjeev Verma, according to an earlier Times of India report.As per Indian authorities, Nijjar is linked to the five-member Khalistan Tiger Force. Four criminal cases for murder were registered against him at Patiala, Noorpur Bedi and Ludhiana, under the UAPA and Arms Act, between 2009 and 2016. The Indian authorities told the Canadian government that Nijjar was conducting weapons training at a range in the locality of Mission City.Nijjar, who has been closely associated with Canada-based rights advocacy group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), and organized a kirtan in Surrey last week, participated in the organization’s ‘Punjab Referendum 2020’ conference in a suburb of Toronto on March 31, the Hindustan Times report said.In a statement emailed to the publication, Nijjar said: “I am being targeted and framed in false criminal cases by Indian authorities for my relentless campaign against the genocidal violence against the Sikhs and continuous support for Referendum 2020 to liberate Punjab and create separate Sikh country Khalistan.”Gurpatwant Pannun, a legal adviser from SFJ representing Nijjar, when asked by the publication if this was a possible action based on a Red Corner Notice from Interpol, issued at the behest of Indian government, said, “He was never charged with any crime, and released unconditionally, at least as of right now.”He is also represented by Vancouver-based law firm Peck and Company. The firm’s founder, Richard Peck, had represented Ajaib Singh Bagri, one of the accused in Air India flight 182 bombing in 1985. Bagri was acquitted of all charges in 2005. Related ItemsCanadakhalistanSikhismlast_img read more

University of Houston to Name Building After Indian American Couple

first_imgThe University of Houston has decided to honor an Indian-American couple who have made sizable donations to the university.The university will rename an engineering building after Durga D. and Sushila Agrawal, in recognition of a gift that will provide ongoing support for faculty, students, research and building operations, University president Renu Khator said.The $51 million building, which opened in 2017, already had a floor named for the couple. Durga D. Agrawal, founder of Piping Technology & Products Inc., is a member of the UH System Board of Regents and a former member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.After arriving in Houston from India in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, Agrawal earned a master’s degree in 1969 and Ph.D. in 1974 in industrial engineering from the UH Cullen College of Engineering, the university said a release.Founded in 1927, the University of Houston is a public research college.“My message to the students is to always be optimistic; one can achieve any goal with hard work, persistence and determination,” Agrawal said. “As alumni, we must keep the torch of knowledge, excellence and innovation growing and glowing.”Joseph W. Tedesco. Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the Cullen College said the gift’s impact “will be nothing short of transformational.”“It will allow us to expand and enhance our laboratory and classroom facilities, recruit some of the world’s greatest engineering minds as students and faculty members, and develop new and innovative academic programs,” he said. “This gift will boost our capacity to conduct research that directly impacts the quality of life across the greater Houston area and beyond.”The Cullen College has more than 4,200 students, including more than 1,150 graduate students, enrolled in 10 engineering disciplines, as well as several interdisciplinary graduate programs.The gift contributes to the University’s $1 billion “Here, We Go” Campaign, the first major fundraising campaign in more than 25 years, in support of major University priorities.Eloise Brice, vice president of University Advancement, said the Agrawal gift will benefit several key objectives.“Recruiting the best and brightest students and faculty is a key goal for the University of Houston, and this generous gift will allow the Cullen College of Engineering to make great strides in that arena,” Brice said. “The ability to improve our research and academic facilities made possible by the Agrawals will ultimately benefit the state of Texas and the nation.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Wanted to build a big partnership with Kohli: Cheteshwar Pujara

first_imgIndian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored a brilliant 119 on the opening day of the second Test match against England, said he and skipper Virat Kohli wanted to build a long partnership to seize the initiative.The Kohli-Pujara pair put on 226 runs for the third wicket, that proved to be the key moment of the day and wrested the momentum from England, who started brilliantly reducing the hosts to 22/2 after five overs. (Kohli, Pujara tons give India honours on Day 1)At stumps, India posted a commanding 317/4 with Kohli (151) and Ravichandran Ashwin (1) at the crease.”We wanted to build a partnership. We wanted to bat through the session. The way we started we were rotating the strike. He was timing the ball well, and I was confident after the 100,” Pujara said.”There was some misunderstanding in the first session. We spoke about that at lunch. If you see it was better second session onwards, he added.Commenting on the pitch, Pujara said that the track here is slower than the previous one and might help off-spinners. (Pujara, Vijay reach 3000-run club)”This one is slower than Rajkot. I see more rough on both sides of the pitch. There might be a little more help for off-spinners as the game progresses,” Pujara said.”Hopefully there will be more cracks on it by the end of the second day. We would like to put up a big score, and hopefully we don’t need to bat again,” he added.last_img read more

Maria Sharapova trounces Swiss qualifier to reach Tianjin semis

first_imgMaria Sharapova swatted aside Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele 6-3 6-1 in just over an hour at the Tianjin Open on Friday to reach her second semi-final since returning from a 15-month doping ban.Sharapova was broken in the first game but fought back to draw level before going on to take the first set with a hold to love.The former world number one, targeting a first title since returning to the tour in April, raced to a 4-0 lead in the second set as an error-prone Voegele struggled on serve.Voegele handed Sharapova three match points when she made her eighth double fault of the contest while trailing 5-1.The Russian sealed the match with a forehand winner and will meet defending champion Peng Shuai on Saturday.Peng eased past Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-0 6-1 while Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus beat local hope Zhu Lin 6-3 6-4 in another quarter-final and awaits the winner of the match between Christina McHale and Sara Errani.last_img read more

David Silva extends Manchester City contract till 2020

first_imgManchester City midfielder David Silva has signed a one-year contract extension to keep him with the club until 2020, the Premier League leaders said on Thursday.The Spaniard has been integral to City’s success since joining in 2010 and helped drive them eight points clear atop the league standings this season.”I am so happy to have committed my future to City,” the 31-year-old told the club’s website. (www.mancity.com)?? @21LVA ????º?? https://t.co/YJKME7ATmn #mancity pic.twitter.com/JtYhG7IHKs- Manchester City (@ManCity) November 30, 2017″I am incredibly proud of what I have achieved at City in my seven-and-a-half seasons here and with Pep in charge, I feel we are in a great position to win trophies this season and beyond.”City are on a 19-game winning streak across all competitions and host a stumbling and relegation-threatened West Ham United on Sunday.last_img read more

Texas A&M Used Johnny Manziel In Tweet Promoting Upcoming NFL Draft, Got Trolled By Rival Fans

first_imgTexas A&M Johnny Manziel tweet touting his greatness.Twitter/@aggiefblifeA year ago, former Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel was a first round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns after a stellar college career. Things haven’t gone very well for Johnny Football since, but Texas A&M’s @AggieFBLife Twitter account still used the Heisman winner in a tweet promoting the upcoming 2015 draft. Sign with Texas A&M: ✔️ Win a Heisman: ✔️ Get drafted in the 1st Round: ✔️ #WHOSNEXT pic.twitter.com/HfgOh2fxja— AggieFBLife (@aggiefblife) April 29, 2015As you can imagine, fans of Texas and other rival schools had a lot of fun with this ‘checklist,’ and trolled A&M and Manziel in response.Signs with A&M ✔ plays for 0 titles ✔ goes to 0 bcs bowls ✔ wins the chik-fil-a bowl ✔ https://t.co/RKR4zHfoZu— Chris Bennett (@chrisgb00) April 29, 2015@aggiefblife @chrisgb00 2nd string ✔️go to rehab✔️— Connor Nelson (@ConnorN22231016) April 29, 2015@aggiefblife Get Kicked Out of Manning Camp. Hang out at Rival School & party. Can’t wait to Leave A&M. #WHOSNEXT— joe villa (@mikeejoe) April 29, 2015 @aggiefblife @JManziel2 @CoachSumlin Really?No Championships, soft nonconf schedule, bttm SEC-W, arrests, rehab stints. #fireSumlin.— III & Company (@IIIandCompany) April 29, 2015So…that didn’t go quite as planned for Texas A&M. Reports that Cleveland may trade up to No. 2 to take Marcus Mariota haven’t helped matters in the Manziel Camp either.[Sporting News]last_img read more

Wriddhiman 30 ready to shoulder responsibility

first_imgNorth Sound (Antigua): Wriddhiman Saha will begin his reintegration after a major shoulder injury with his first first-class game in 18 months when India A take on West Indies A in an unofficial Test starting on Wednesday. Wriddhiman and Hanuma Vihari the two Test specialists who have been included in the A squad to prepare for the two-Test series starting late August. Wriddhiman, who is only three months shy of his 35th birthday, is returning after a career-threatening injury that many believe has been completely mismanaged at the National Cricket Academy. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIt will not be out of place to label his comeback ‘Wriddhiman 3.0’ with the keeper-batsman beginning everything from the scratch, something that is not easy in the mid 30s. Having stayed under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s shadow for the better part, Wriddhiman was finding his mojo in a injury-ridden career but the injury during the last IPL was a massive blow. With Rishabh Pant proving his credentials with centuries in England and Australia, it’s again that phase in his career where he could be seen wearing the orange or green bib and rushing with the towel and energy drink during breaks. The teamman that he is, Wriddhiman will do it without batting an eyelid but the question that crops up is what exactly will be left for him post West Indies tour, when India play twin series against South Africa and Bangladesh at home.last_img read more

Saskatchewan suspends advocate for childrenyouth cites harassment complaints

first_imgREGINA — Saskatchewan’s advocate for children and youth has been suspended after multiple complaints of harassment.The legislature’s board of internal economy says Corey O’Soup was suspended from his duties Thursday following an investigation.Details of the harassment complaints were not released.The board says the investigation was conducted by an independent investigator with extensive experience dealing with harassment complaints.By law, people appointed as independent officers of the legislative assembly may only be removed by a vote of members of the legislative assembly.Provincial Ombudsman Mary McFadyen has been appointed interim advocate for children and youth.“Harassment cannot be tolerated in any workplace, and certainly not in the office of a statutory officer of the assembly,” Mark Docherty, Speaker of the legislative assembly, said in the release Thursday.“I want to assure the staff members of the advocate’s office, and of all statutory offices, that we support their right to work in a safe and respectful environment.”Docherty says he intends to bring the case before the legislature at the next sitting.The advocate for children and youth speaks up for the rights, interests, and well-being of children and youth in the province. (CJME, CTV Regina) The Canadian Presslast_img read more

FANS WATCH SCHITTS CREEK FILMING IN CITY

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter A man, who said he is one of the show’s producers, noted he could provide no details about which actors are on location, what they are filming or how long they will be in the city. Advertisement Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement A handful of fans watching filming of Schitt’s Creek at the Sherwood Motel on Monday morning were rewarded with quick glimpses of stars of the CBC TV series.“I’m here hoping to get to meet Eugene Levy,” said Jesse Mask of Brantford, who had been standing at the front of the Colborne Street East motel for several hours. “That’s my goal for the day.”Mask and his sister, Katie Mask, said they saw the backs of Levy and co-star Chris Elliott in the motel parking lot surrounded by the TV crew. A fleet of trailers and other vehicles were parked behind the Sherwood, a landmark in the city for more than 50 years, which was still open for business. Filming for the final season of the CBC comedy series Schitt’s Creek takes place Monday at the Sherwood Motel on Colborne Street in Brantford. (PHOTO BY BRIAN THOMPSON / THE EXPOSITOR) Login/Register With:last_img read more

Rez Girls hockey team getting closer to building their rink of dreams

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsA campaign to gift the northern Ontario community of Fort Hope First Nation with an ice pad is getting closer to reality.Earlier this year, Katie and Steve Koopman helped to raise money to allow the Rez Girls hockey team to take part in their first hockey tournament.They travelled to Ottawa in for the spring tournament.This fall, they set the bar a little higher.“I had a big goal of trying to reach $90,000 in 30 days,” said Katie Koopman. “We are into our second month, but we are just over two-thirds funded, which is really amazing.”The Koopmans began a GoFundMe campaign with the hopes of building a proper ice pad for the Rez Girls hockey team.They say although the pad won’t be in place for this hockey season, they plan to keep pushing on with the campaign.The Rez Girls are a PeeWee hockey team that gained attention and the hearts of man both on and off the ice during a house league tournament in March.According to the Koopmans, social media has played a big role in the success of the fund raising efforts.“Many of the donations come from people who play hockey themselves,” said Katie Koopman.“Their children play hockey it is their own act of reconciliation and they just believe in the effort and determination of these girls and coaches want to see them gifted with an ice rink, that every other kid in Canada has access to.”The Rez Girls probably won’t be able to practice on a new ice pad in their community this winter – but that won’t stop them from playing hockey.Koopman says the team will be heading to Kingston for a tournament this spring.afrancis@aptn.ca@aptnafrancislast_img read more

North Peace BC SPCA is celebrating February as Membership Month

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace BC SPCA wants to increase their membership numbers for 2019 and to do this they will be hosting a membership drive this February with the goal to recruit 30 new members.The BC SPCA membership gives people the opportunity to get involved in contributing financially towards the well being of animals in the facilities care, voter eligibility on governance for the BC SPCA and the opportunity to join the Community Council and Fundraising Committee. The membership fee is also eligible for an income tax receipt.“Becoming a member is a great way for people to show support for animals within the community, especially if they don’t have the time to volunteer”, says branch manager, Candace Buchamer. “We look forward to welcoming new members and continuing the important work of building a more humane community.” To become a member, fill out a membership form at the North Peace BC SPCA, located at 9311 81 Ave, between 12 and 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday. The membership fee is $30 annually or a $350 one-time-fee for a lifetime membership.From February 25th – March 3rd will be Treat Week, a provincially organized fundraiser that has expanded from the success of Cupcake Day, which saw companies andindividuals sell cupcakes with the proceeds going towards the BC SPCA.last_img read more

Peacekeeping under severe strain to undergo thorough review – UN official

“2009 will be a crucial year for peacekeeping,” Under-Secretary-General Alain Le Roy told the General Assembly’s Special Committee on Peacekeeping, in his first appearance before that body since he replaced Jean-Marie Guéhenno, who had held the top post from 2000 until last August.Mr. Le Roy said that operations were not only stretched in terms of the size and number of missions – totalling 18 and deploying some 112,000 blue helmets – but also in terms of the challenges posed by complex mandates and difficult logistical and security environments.“A number of our missions face risks that are so significant that I cannot discount the potential for mission failure, with all the consequences that would entail for the United Nations,” he warned.Among the most challenging factors, he said, was the requirement to use force to protect civilians in areas beset by continuing conflict such as Darfur and the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).“This situation begs an analysis of mandates and the capabilities needed to implement them,” the official said, offering as an example the difficult contradictions the DRC Mission (MONUC) faced when it was mandated to both protect civilians and support the national armed forces in their operations – which themselves posed a threat to civilians.For such complex mandates, the resources needed had become increasingly hard to mobilize, he said, citing the continued lack of air transport in Darfur over a year after the deployment of the mission, and the shortage of troops in many missions.Mr. LeRoy was confident, however, that the necessary analysis could be done and the challenges could be met, because of the dire need for peacekeeping and the ability of DPKO to perform the restructuring needed.After all, the previous phases of restructuring DPKO, and the division of labour between it and the recently-created Department of Field Support (DFS), has already been accomplished 18 months into the process, though work remained to be done “to achieve the full benefits of the approved reform measures.” The Brahimi, Peace Operations 2010 and DPKO/DFS restructuring processes, underway for nearly a decade, had strengthened the UN’s capacity to plan manage and sustain UN peacekeeping operations. Through further analysis and evolution, “we must look to the horizon, but we must also continue to implement mandates and build on the significant strengthening of our capacity…,” Mr. LeRoy said. 23 February 2009United Nations peacekeeping operations, faced with unprecedented demands and extreme constraints, will undergo a thorough review in the coming year, the chief of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) said today. read more

Samurai swords and axes among thousands of weapons seized from schools

first_imgIt followed the case of teacher Ann Maguire, who was stabbed to death at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds in April 2014 by pupil Will Cornick, 15.The following year, teacher Vincent Uzomah was seriously injured when he was stabbed at Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford by a racist pupil.Latest Government figures show that in 2014/15, primary and secondary school pupils in England were suspended on more than 132,000 occasions for assault or verbally abusing and threatening behaviour.In addition, there were more than 2,100 permanent exclusions for these reasons.Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “Schools work closely with the police to protect and educate their pupils, and in some cases police officers are stationed in schools. Where appropriate, schools conduct searches and use metal detectors, and they implement robust disciplinary procedures against anyone found in possession of a weapon. A handful of forces offered historical data that showed weapons including a guillotine, a Taser gun and a ukulele were among the items seized.In a minority of cases, depending how information was recorded, incidents could have involved the use of body parts such as a fist, or verbal abuse.Forces in England and Wales were asked for information on the numbers of weapons seized in schools, along with details of the incidents.National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Knife Crime, Chief Constable Alf Hitchcock, said: “Schools should be free of weapons and all children should be able to learn without fear or violence. Carrying a weapon of any kind in schools is not an issue for a school to deal with alone; police and partners will always be willing to work with them and take appropriate action. It means the number of knives taken away is likely to be much higher if data from other forces about the type of weapon used is taken into account.Other weapons confiscated included at least 26 guns, including BB guns, air rifles and an imitation firearm. Weapons sweep conducted by Schools Officers & Metropolitan Special constabulary in #Acton yields 2 hidden knives #Renounce #SaferSchools pic.twitter.com/e9GJS69wWY— Ealing MPS (@EalingMPS) 28 April 2017 Waltham Forest Council became the first in England and Wales to introduce knife arches in every secondary school as the scheme was launched at Lammas School and Sports College in Leyton, east London, in 2009 Waltham Forest Council became the first in England and Wales to introduce knife arches in every secondary school as the scheme was launched at Lammas School and Sports College in Leyton, east London, in 2009Credit:PA “Young people are taught about the dangers of offensive weapons both in lessons and in talks delivered by invited speakers.”A Department for Education spokesman said the Government had increased teachers’ powers so they can take action if they suspect a pupil has brought prohibited items into school.He said: “Teachers can also search without consent and confiscate prohibited items.” Murdered teacher Ann MaguireCredit: West Yorkshire Police via PA “We have recently seen an increase in young people carrying knives and this is worrying. We are responding to this trend by targeting those who carry them illegally and working with retailers to reduce the sale of knives to underage people through nationally coordinated operations.”Police involvement in schools, whether it be officers delivering talks and interactive sessions or based in schools themselves as part of the Safer Schools Partnership, helps us to educate young people and explain why carrying a weapon illegally is never acceptable.”The figures come amid a crackdown on knife crime in schools by some forces.Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Police announced officers would be working with schools to highlight the potential consequences of carrying a knife. Murdered teacher Ann Maguire More unusual contraband included a police baton, a rolling pin, a can of beer and a 15in metal rod.One student fashioned an improvised battery device, while another was caught with a less sophisticated device – an unwound paperclip.At least 47 children found with weapons were below 10 years old, the age at which someone can be prosecuted.This included three five-year-olds, one of which was caught with a knife while another was found with a missile – typically a brick or a rock.There were also 47 cases where the person involved gave their occupation or status as teacher, or a related job, such as tutor. Forces did not give further details. Thousands of weapons have been seized from schools across the country – with samurai swords, axes and air guns among those confiscated.The majority of cases involved children, including some as young as five, according to figures released to the Press Association by police forces in England and Wales.At least one in five incidents involved knives, while the data suggests an overall increase in the number of weapons found on school premises.Police chiefs said there had been a “worrying” increase in young people carrying knives. They said police work with schools to help educate youngsters on why carrying any illegal weapon is wrong.Press Association analysis of data from 32 police forces that gave figures showed there were 2,579 weapons found from the 2015/16 financial year to this year.The number is likely to be much higher, when considering those forces that did not provide data, or offered only incomplete figures, under Freedom of Information laws.In 2016/17 alone, among those that gave breakdowns, there were at least 1,369 weapons found – a rise of almost 20% on the previous year, despite this not covering a full 12-month period.According to the 24 forces that gave specific details on the type of weapon, just under 500 of the nearly 700 seized were knives – including samurai swords. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more