Last year alone, teaching staff received over £25 million in compensation, for injuries sustained in the classroom.
Recently released figures by the big three teaching unions, have revealed that compensation payments to school staff, have shown an increase of almost 20% from last years figures.
One of the highest amounts paid, was to a teacher who was employed at a school for children with learning and behavioural difficulties, who suffered a traumatic brain injury, after a pupil smashed a bus door onto their head; the National Union of Teachers (NUT) member was awarded £222,215 in damages.
Another NUT member received £175,000 in damages, after being punched about the head by an irate parent.
Teachers belonging to the NASUWT (National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers), received approximately £12.6 million of the annual total, including an out of court settlement for £158,000 awarded to a teacher who suffered a serious back injury, after she slipped while taking part in a fire drill.
Members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) reportedly received approximately £800,000 in damages.
NASUWT general secretary, Chris Keates, stated that compensation was “cold comfort” to teachers whose mental or physical health had been irreparably damaged.