TEACHERS AWARDED £16 MILLION IN PERSONAL INJURY COMPENSATION LAST YEAR

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The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) has revealed that its members were awarded millions of pounds in personal injury compensation last year, with some individuals receiving six-figure sums, the Mirror reports.

According to the group, one 59-year-old teacher in London was given £185,000 after slipping a disc when she was knocked to the ground by pupils twice in one week. Another received £100,000 when he hit his head on a concrete floor after the chair that he was sat on collapsed.

Further examples of smaller payouts were also provided, such as a teacher in the north west of England who tripped on torn flooring in her science classroom and was diagnosed with chronic back syndrome – she was given a £55,000 compensation package.

Additional data from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) listed two cases of personal injury compensation being paid to its members last year – one of which was a £46,000 payout to a member of staff who suffered “severe psychological injury” following a sustained period of harassment by senior colleagues.

Meanwhile, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) revealed that it secured more than £5 million in agreements for its members last year.

Commenting on the amount of injuries that occurred last year, NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said that employers should take the welfare of their staff more seriously, and adhere to good health and safety practices.

“While compensation is important, it can never make up for the fact that teachers suffer permanent physical and mental injury and often cannot continue in their chosen career,” he explained.

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TEACHERS AWARDED £16 MILLION IN PERSONAL INJURY COMPENSATION LAST YEAR

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