The three biggest teaching unions have revealed that the compensation paid to teachers soared by about a third over the last year.
Teachers were awarded a record £40 million in compensation last year for injuries and employment disputes, The Telegraph reports. The NASUWT and NUT claimed about £20m in compensation and ATL won £5.3m for its members.
Teachers won the compensation after being assaulted by pupils, tripping over pot holes and being subjected to discrimination from school leaders.
A teacher from the West Midlands was awarded the largest single pay out, almost £114,000, after being attacked by two pupils as she attempted to break up a fight. She suffered serious injuries to her face, head, neck, arm and shoulder and was unable to return to work. Other successful claims included:
- a deputy head who received £16,000 after being unfairly sacked for gross misconduct, following a damning Ofsted report that left the school on the brink of closure.
- a teacher who was awarded £110,000 after tripping on a deep pothole on a school’s driveway, dislocating her ankle, tearing ligaments and being left in constant pain
- a teacher who received £37,000 for discrimination on the grounds of gender reassignment and disability.
NASUWT’s Chris Keates said: “The tragedy is that in most cases compensation would be unnecessary if employers followed good employment practices and followed health and safety procedures. Instead teachers have their careers, lives and health blighted and millions of pounds of public money has to be spent. Employers flout the law, but it’s the teachers and the taxpayers who pay the price.”
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