Teacher is handed an astonishing £850,000 COMPENSATION after claiming he was left with PTSD after being ‘punched by a pupil’
- Teachers’ Union NASUWT got £14,815,251 compensation for members in 2021
- £850,000 was awarded to a male teacher in London assaulted by pupil in class
- His injuries mean he is unlikely to ever be able to return to working as a teacher
- Welsh teacher got £79,853 after she claimed classroom mould caused asthma
A teacher has been handed an astonishing £850,000 of compensation after he claimed he was left with PTSD after being allegedly punched by a pupil.
The male science teacher blamed the London school who he made the claim against for allowing the ‘dangerous’ suspended pupil to return to the classroom.
He said his face being punched and hit was a ‘blur’ but he recalled asking the student to leave his classroom and then turning around.
His union said the attack left him with mental and physical injuries including a head injury, tinnitus, hearing loss, bruising and back and ankle injuries, as well as PTSD and severe depressive disorder.
The severe psychological trauma saw the teacher sectioned twice under the Mental Health Act for his own safety and he has not been able to return to the classroom since the January 2017 attack.
The personal injury claim is one of the £14.8million in compensation that teachers’ union NASUWT has achieved for its members, it is revealed today.
A teacher (not pictured) gets £850,000 after pupil kicked his face and head causing head injury, hearing loss and severe depression, union reveals as it secures £14.8million pay outs in a year (stock image)
The teacher, a member of NASUWT, at a London academy whose insurers will pay the compensation, said: ‘Following a previous incident, the pupil was suspended for three days and I was reassured that they would no longer take part in my classes.’
However, when the pupil was back at school, he turned up at his lesson.
‘When I saw him at the beginning of class, I made the point that he shouldn’t be there and asked him to leave and he walked out and shut the door,” he said.
‘I then had my back to the door and hadn’t realised that he’d come back into the room. The rest is a bit of a blur as he attacked me again.
‘The worst thing is that the school knew this pupil was a danger. It wasn’t the first time he had been violent – he had been violent to both other children and teachers.’
A total of £79,853.17 was also awarded to drama teacher from Wales (not pictured) who was dismissed from her job after repeated sudden on-set asthma attacks and acute respiratory difficulties at school (stock image)
A total of £79,853.17 was also awarded to drama teacher from Wales who was dismissed from her job after repeated sudden on-set asthma attacks and acute respiratory difficulties at school.
Following the refurbishment of her classroom in 2013, there were a number of problems with her classroom, including the development of mould on classroom walls and a crack in the floor.
She started suffering headaches, runny nose, rhinitis, coughing, and wheezing whilst teaching.
The symptoms worsened and after was taken to hospital in an ambulance after an asthma attack.
The consultant believed her late onset asthma was likely caused by her working conditions.
She suffered repeated attacks and on several occasions paramedics were called or she was admitted to hospital.
The asthma and an unrelated scheduled operation in late 2018 led to her absences from work.
In 2019, she was dismissed despite having her asthma was under control as a result of adjustments to her working conditions secured by NASUWT.
Dr Patrick Roach, pictured, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said the £14,815,251-worth of compensation NASUWT members got in 2021 cannot make-up for impact of who members have suffered
Unfair dismissal, redundancy, discrimination, trade union-related detriment, performance management, bullying, contractual disputes, health and safety, unlawful deductions from wages and personal injury were among the £14,815,251-worth of compensation NASUWT members got in 2021.
Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said: ‘While compensation is recognition of the personal, and in some cases, financial loss that members have suffered, it can never make up for the impact which unfair treatment, discrimination and physical injuries have on individuals.
‘The money awarded cannot compensate for the emotional, physical and mental distress members have experienced and the fact that for some, their experiences have left them unable to continue working in teaching.
‘Furthermore, these cases are only likely to represent the tip of the iceberg.
‘There is no doubt that many other teachers will have been driven out of the profession without proper redress for poor, discriminatory or unfair treatment because they were too fearful to come forward or believed nothing could be done.
‘Too many employers believe they can act with impunity as the Government fails to take any action to secure compliance with employment law or health and safety legislation, allowing poor employment practices to flourish.’
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