Teachers win £15 million in compensation claims

Teachers have won £15 million in compensation over the last year, after bringing claims against schools over attacks by pupils, accidents and disputes. The Telegraph reports. 

Successful claims included criminal assault, personal injury, unlawful discrimination and unlawful dismissal, according to the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT).  

In one case, a 57-year-old female teacher from the West Midlands was assaulted by a pupil who had a history of aggressive behaviour.

The pupil blocked her entrance to a classroom then shoved her into a wall, leaving her with back injury and bruised ribs.  She subsequently suffered from PTSD, vertigo and tremors and was awarded £9,611.  

Another 33-year-old teacher from South Yorkshire was subjected to a barrage of racist abuse by students over an 18 month period, but the school failed to take the matter seriously. 

She was handed £10,000 after claiming constructive dismissal and racial discrimination by her employer.  

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT, said the figures are merely the “tip of the iceberg” as many teachers are “too fearful or stressed” to complain about their treatment.

“In most cases the money awarded does not compensate for the fact that a teacher’s physical or mental health may have been affected and they can no longer work in their chosen profession.”  

The union published its compensation figures for last year, which amounted to a total of £14,933,905.34, ahead of their annual conference which will take place in Belfast next weekend.

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