Damages paid to teachers top pound;20m

6th April 2007 at 01:00
Teachers have been awarded an estimated pound;20 million in compensation for personal injuries, employment disputes and criminal suits over the past year.

One case included the rape of a female teacher by a 12-year-old boy with severe learning difficulties as she sat next to him during a one-to-one tutorial at a special needs centre in County Durham.

The woman, in her 30s, locked herself in a lavatory to telephone police while the attacker escaped in her car. Eventually he was given a life sentence.

National Union of Teachers' figures reveal the teacher, employed by a fostering agency, received just pound;11,000 from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for the incident in 2004. The union said an inquiry into the possibility of a negligence claim against her employer concluded "the incident could not have been foreseen".

NUT members who won more compensation include a teacher from Liverpool who dislocated her hip using a toilet designed for primary pupils. She got Pounds 13,958.

An east London lesbian teacher who asked for paternity leave to assist at the birth of her partner's baby received pound;20,000 from her Catholic school after it refused, saying her lifestyle was unacceptable and telling her to leave.

The union also helped a member on one of the Tube trains attacked in the July 7, 2005 London bombings to win pound;4,400 for psychological injury.

The NUT could not give a total compensation figure, but said the previous year's was more than pound;7 million.

The NASUWT secured pound;6,877,197 in compensation for members. The biggest payouts included pound;330,000 for a Birmingham member assaulted by an intruder on school grounds.

A Yorkshire teacher received pound;165,000 from her employer for four years of pupil assaults that left her with a dislocated collar bone, broken eye socket and stress.

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers said it secured more than pound;4 million in 321 compromise agreements reached before employment tribunals.

There was also more than pound;1.5 million in successful personal injury claims.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now