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Teachers 'pay price for employers flouting the law'

NASUWT's general secretary Chris Keates says most cases of teachers being paid compensation could be avoided if employers followed good employment practices.

The tragedy is that in most cases compensation would be unnecessary if employers followed good employment practices and followed health and safety procedures.

Instead teachers have their careers, lives and health blighted and millions of pounds of public money has to be spent.

Employers flout the law, but it's the teachers and the taxpayers who pay the price.

– NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates
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Teacher injured breaking up fight paid more than £300k

The NASUWT's largest assault claim was for a West Midlands secondary school teacher who was injured after being assaulted by two pupils, as she attempted to break up a fight between the pair.

It has been calculated that £40m was paid to teachers in compensation in the past year. Credit: Press Association

She received £113,905 in compensation, plus an additional £200,473 in a Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) award.

A 33-year-old college teacher from the East Midlands was given a settlement of £500,000 after sustaining a back injury when a lift she was travelling in at work suddenly dropped from the mezzanine floor to the reception.

A third NASUWT member, from the South East, got a CICA compensation award worth £91,784 after being punched in the mouth by a Year 10 pupil. The 59-year-old suffered a broken root on a tooth and developed post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Millions in compensation paid to teachers in last year

Tens of millions of pounds worth of compensation was awarded to teachers in the last year for accidents, attacks and discrimination at work.

It has been calculated that £40m was paid to teachers in compensation in the past year. Credit: Tero Sivula/STT-Lehtikuva/Press Association Images

Figures show a surge in payouts to school staff, with the overall totals reaching record levels.

One 33-year-old West Midlands teacher received more than £300,000 after she was injured breaking up a fight between two pupils.

Information obtained from three of the UK's largest unions show that a number of school staff were handed five or six-figure payouts, with figures indicating that the total amount paid out in compensation last year stretched to more than £40 million.

The NASUWT teaching union said it secured around £20.7 million for its members in 2013 - over 30% more than in 2012.

Birmingham teacher admits sexual assault

A music teacher from Birmingham accused of setting up secret cameras to film boys using a school changing room has pleaded guilty to a string of sexual assault and voyeurism offences.

Philip Evans will be sentenced next month after admitting seven sexual assaults, 10 charges of making indecent photographs of children, and six counts of voyeurism.

The 38-year-old was arrested in Birmingham in August by detectives who recovered more than 400,000 indecent images from a home computer.

Evans admitted 15 of the offences at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Thursday and has pleaded guilty by letter to the remaining eight charges.

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Union opposes academies move

NUT members at 13 primary schools in Birmingham are being balloted over plans to make the schools academies.

“Forced academies have nothing to do with raising standards of education.

There is no evidence at all to support the notion that changing the status of a school will transform the educational attainment of its pupils.

The majority of the school communities in Birmingham do not support this move."

“Primary academies are a fairly new phenomenon and there is no evidence to suggest that a change in status will automatically raise standards.

"What it will do is take the school further away from the local community and make it accountable only to the Secretary of State in London or a private sponsor or Trust.”

– Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers.

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