Sky News:– A teacher has been given almost £250,000 after falling from a table while putting up a class display, new figures show.
The woman, from the east of England, lost her balance while using a table and chair to put up the display.
The case was brought against the local authority for failing to provide proper work equipment.
Another teacher, from the Midlands, also received £250,000 after being subjected to violence and bad pupil behaviour for four years.
This led to the teacher’s “steadily worsening health and eventual breakdown” while the local authority failed to help manage behaviour or carry out a formal risk assessment, according to the National Union of Teachers (NUT).
The compensation figures cover accidents and discrimination at schools last year, including:
:: Almost £85,000 for a teacher who slipped on untreated black ice at the door to her classroom
:: A 53-year-old teacher in Essex was awarded £60,000 after she slipped and fell on a food and liquid spillage as she made her way from a science lab.
:: An academy worker in the North East was given nearly £50,000 after a “prolonged assault” by a teenage girl who had been told to stop chewing gum.
This included blows to the stomach and hand, leaving the teacher with bruises, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
:: A trainee teacher given £35,000 after claims she was fired or discriminated against due to her pregnancy.
Chris Keates, general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, said: “Not only does the union continue to pursue employers who are negligent in terms of the health and welfare of members, but we are also now seeing a significant increase in the number of members with protected characteristics being subjected to discriminatory treatment.”