Rise in compensation for teachers injured at work

Most awards are for 'slips, trips and falls', but teachers also compensated after being assaulted by pupils

Henry Hepburn

Rise in compensation for teachers injured at work

Details of injury compensation payouts to teachers in 2020 have been revealed, with the total more than double that of 2019.

They were awarded for a wide range of workplace injuries, including those caused by accidents, assaults or poor working environments.

The payments were secured by the EIS, Scotland's largest union for teachers and lecturers, in a year when the union said the coronavirus pandemic has left teachers feeling "particularly vulnerable" in the workplace.

There has been almost £700,000 in compensation for EIS members injured at work in 2020, up from the 2019 figure of just over £290,000.

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EIS general secretary Larry Flanagan said: "It is never a welcome development to report on an increase in compensation payments received by our members. Whilst the sums involved do represent success for the EIS in pursuing appropriate compensation for injuries suffered at work, our clear preference would be to see these types of injuries eliminated entirely from our schools, colleges and universities.”

He added: "The most common cause of injuries remains 'slips, trips and falls'. These types of incidents are entirely avoidable with correct adherence to appropriate health and safety procedures in the workplace. It is essential that the relevant employers take all possible precautions to ensure that all facilities are as safe as possible for staff and for students."

Mr Flanagan added: "Many teaching professionals have felt particularly vulnerable in their places of work over the past year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. All employers have a duty of care to provide a safe working environment for their employees in order to protect both their physical and mental health. Working in buildings that many teachers do not believe are Covid-secure, without sufficient safety mitigations in place, has had significant implications for the physical and mental wellbeing of many of our members."










Assault claim

Member was assaulted by pupil and sustained serious injuries as a result.




Stress claim

Member suffered a high level of stress due to lack of support in the workplace.





Assault claim

After an altercation with a pupil a member was assaulted causing injury and distress.





Health claim

Member suffered ill-health as a result of the workplace environment.



Stress/personal injury claim

Member suffering stress and anxiety as a result of their employment.





Stress claim

Member suffering stress and anxiety as a result of their employment.





Violence claim

After an altercation with a pupil a member was assaulted causing serious injury and distress.





Health claim

Health claim as a result of workplace environment.





Personal injury claim

Member suffering from prolonged continuous and progressive feelings of unfair treatment, bullying and harassment.





Accident claim

After an altercation with a pupil a member was assaulted causing injury and distress.





Assault claim

Member suffered stress and anxiety as a result of a sexual assault.





Accident claim

Member fell on pathway coming from the temporary staff car park. Member suffered a broken bone in left hand.





Assault claim

Member assaulted by a pupil who had a long history of violence. The member suffered injury and distress.





Accident claim

Member fell in an untreated school park which resulted to an injury to the elbow.








(Source: EIS)

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Henry Hepburn

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Henry Hepburn is the news editor for Tes Scotland

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