School teachers won nearly £15million compensation for injuries and discrimination last year

TEACHERS were awarded nearly £15 million in compensation for injuries and discrimination in the past year.

Many received six-figure payouts after suffering racial abuse, physical assault or discrimination, official documents reveal.

One teacher won £10,000 from her bosses after being driven out by race-hate taunts from yob pupils.

The 33-year-old woman was verbally abused more than 12 times by students at her school in South Yorkshire.

She reported the incidents to her boss but was forced to leave after 18 months when the sustained harassment became intolerable.

The teacher – who has not been identified – was awarded the settlement after lodging claims for racial discrimination and constructive dismissal.

Another teacher was paid £9,611 in criminal injuries compensation after being assaulted by a pupil.

The youngster blocked the entrance to the 57-year-old woman teacher’s classroom and shoved her into a wall, causing lower back injury and bruised ribs. The incident left her with post-traumatic stress, vertigo and tremors.

In a separate case, a disabled teacher, aged 54, won £45,000 compo after being sacked when he question the schools failure to make the classroom more accessible for him.

The NASUWT teachers’ union has revealed it secured £14.9 for its members during 2018.

General Secretary Chris Keates said: “The fact is that behind these figures is a catalogue of appalling treatment teachers have suffered at the hands of their employers.

“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.

“Too many employers adopt an ‘anything goes’ style of management and believe they can act with impunity.”

Ms Keates, speaking ahead of the union’s annual conference in Belfast this week, added: “These figures mask the anxiety, stress and distress many teachers will have suffered at the hands of their employers before seeking our help. But they also represent what we believe is only the tip of the iceberg.

“There is no doubt that many more will have been driven out of the proession without proper redress for poor, discriminatory or unfair treatment because they were too fearful or stressed to come forward or believed nothing could be done.”

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